|City holds insurance costs to ’12 level|
|Wednesday, November 21, 2012 1:34 PM|
The city will pay $600,000 for insurance coverage for its employees. The figure is the same as last year. Changes include no employee contribution but deductibles will raise to $4,000 for single and $8,000 for family. Employees do have a Health Reimbursement Account.
The coverage includes health, dental, vision, hearing and life.
Council also got its first look at the 2013 budget from City Auditor Tom Jettinghoff with total appropriations of $16,157,835. Jettinghoff said some of the figures will be changed before council hears second reading on Dec. 3.
The Maintenance Department is looking to hire an assistant foreman from within the current workforce. Council approved a salary range of $1,766.60-$1,850.54 per bi-weekly pay period. If the job is not filled from within by June 30, the position will be eliminated.
To be eligible, the applicant must have a valid pesticide license and a Class II Wastewater Collection or must obtain them within one year of the appointment to assistant foreman. They must also be willing to obtain additional licensing at the request of the city.
Safety Service Director Greg Berquist will start the process for the city to have access to property in the South Cass Street area to put in a water loop for residents on Cass Street. Five households have been battling poor water quality for several years due to their homes being situated at the end of a water line. Berquist hopes the property owners will allow the city to have an easement for the property needed to install the water loop without taking eminent domain.
Council heard on second reading a resolution for Berquist to enter into a contract with Peterson Construction for a Phase II of Water Treatment Plant By-Pass Improvement Project on Monday.
Phase II includes bidding ($3,500), construction administration ($3,000); and construction observation ($4,300). Total construction is estimated to cost $247,000 with a Community Development Block Grant covering $194,500.
Berquist told council there is a bottleneck between the clearwells and the water plant and the improvements would increase the city’s capacity to provide water.
“Right now there is an 8-inch line in there and we will install an additional 12-inch line,” Berquist said.
The clearwells are used for chlorine contact for water before it is moved to the upground tanks for distribution. The clearwells are currently connected so water has to go through all three before becoming available to move to the tanks. Part of the project will also include separating the clearwells so they can be used individually as well. This will also make it possible to put more water into the tanks in a shorter period of time.