City of Wayland health insurance premiums rise sharply

By Books Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


WAYLAND ? Like most Iowa communities, the City of Wayland will be paying substantially higher premiums for its employees next year.

At Wednesday night?s regular city council meeting, council members learned that the premium will increase by 17 percent for the coverage by Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

City Clerk Beverly Conrad said partially responsible for the increase was the city?s opting for a new policy because the policy the city had has been discontinued.

Moving to other agenda items, the city recently learned that it has received a $3,000 grant from the Enhance Henry County Foundation which will be used for a new water fountain and an ADA-compliant picnic table at Central Park.

Property tax abatement was approved for Eichelberger Farms on its proposed 200 feet x 60 feet x 16 feet metal over wood frame and shop building.

The council accepted the recommendations of the Iowa Municipal Workmen?s Compensation Association (IMCA). The recommendations were for the use of functional examinations for pre-placement examinations; and updating job descriptions with essential functions and physical demands. The recommendations must be completed by June 30, 2018.

Approval was given to pay Todd Baldridge $1,250 toward the cost of electrical power that he paid for to have his pilot project at the sewer lagoon installed. The city will own and maintain the connection.

Final agenda items had the council approving an employee recognition dinner for Saturday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. The council also set a public hearing for consideration of an amendment to the fiscal 2018 city budget for Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Council members meet for the final time in 2017 on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center.