City finance discusses health insurance rate increase

City finance discusses health insurance rate increase

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During the May 8 meeting of Carlinville’s Finance Committee, Budget Director Claudia Leonatti reported a rate increase from city’s health insurance carrier, which will cost the city an additional $18,000.

A discussion was held regarding the increase and how it could be addressed, particularly with regard to the city’s union employees. The committee talked about a possible budget amendment for the currant fiscal budget.

The committee approved a recommendation to the council that a budget amendment be approved to cover the insurance increase and that a letter explaining the situation be put in the paychecks of city employees. The motion also included asking the city attorney to review employee contracts ahead of Monday’s meeting of the full council.

The committee held a brief discussion the pending retirement of the deputy city clerk. The committee discussed whether or not any changes will be made to that position. It was noted that advertising for a replacement should begin as soon as possible to provide the necessary training. The position will become vacant at the end of July.

The committee discussed a pest situation at the Senior Citizens Center and approved a motion to have Garrella Pest Control and take care of the problem for a one-time cost of $45.

It was also suggested that city seek pest control bids and have all city properties covered under a single contractor.

The committee approved a motion to spend $150 for membership in the Code Enforcement Officials of Southern Illinois. The city’s zoning administrator will attend an organizational meeting and with either use a city vehicle or be reimbursed expences for used of his personal vehicle.

The committed approved motions to accept the minutes of the previous meeting and to pay the monthly bills.