Fayette village council 11.24.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette village council members heard an overview of their employee health insurance plan at the Nov. 15 meeting, looking over options before the start of the new year.

Cindy Stever reviewed options available through BORMA, the Buckeye Ohio Risk Management Association, and answered councilors questions.

Stever cautioned council that if significant changes are made to the existing insurance plan, the Village will lose its existing status for risk factors. With the federal health insurance reform, the Village would be subject to the new “community rate” starting in 2014, if the existing rates were not “grandfathered in.”

“At this point, there’s no knowledge about what the community rate will be,” she said. “We’re kind of flying blind right now.”

Most communities are avoiding changes unless budget constraints dictate altering employee benefits.

Stever said BORMA has been able to keep rates down due to the large pool of insureds. The community rate would include a much larger risk pool, council member Tommy Molitierno said. That’s true, Stever answered, but it will include those who are not currently insured.

GAMBLE ROAD—Design work for the widening of Gamble Road to the new school is scheduled to begin Feb. 1, 2011. Construction will get underway when school is out for the year.

PARKS—Council approved the following programs and fees sponsored by the park board: T-ball, $25; mini parent pitch, $25; little league, $45; girls traveling team, $80; pony league, $90; co-ed softball, $450; men’s softball, $475.

Program fees are expected to be reduced due to sponsorship donations.

The following donations to the park program were received: Rodney Bingman, $75; Creighton Electric, $50; Phillips Plumbing and Heating, $150; United Methodist Church, $100; Ohio Gas, $100; Britsch, Inc., $50; Dyer & McDermott, $50; the Church of the Nazarene, $100.

PARKING—Council approved a revised map indicating the placement of downtown handicap parking areas, based on recommendations by ODOT.

PATROL CAR—The village will advertise for the sale of old police patrol vehicle, with a minimum bid of $500.

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