Supervisors discuss health insurance

By Daniel Brunty

The Webster Progress-Times

Supervisors discussed renewal of health benefits before the open enrollment period during their regular monthly meeting Monday at the Doss Building.

The board began the meeting by going into executive session to take a conference call from insurance attorney Tina Nicholson of Baker-Nicholson LLP, who is representing the county in its lawsuit with Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co.

The call was taken in executive session because it involves litigation; no related action was taken afterwards in open session. The county is a defendant in the suit filed last month, which concerns the insurance claim settlement on the fire-damaged courthouse.

After the 30-minute executive session, the supervisors met with Webster County EMA Director Barry Rushing. He gave the board an update on repairs that were needed for various fire trucks around the county. After a brief discussion, Rushing exited the meeting.

Next the board met with Eupora Mayor Dan Burchfield. Burchfield did not have any pressing matters to bring to the board, but he did give the members an update on economic development in the county, as well as briefly discussing the ongoing issue of sales tax from vendors. He then exited the meeting.

Afterwards, Karen McGregor of Affordable Employee Benefits addressed the board about the county employees’ health insurance renewal before the county’s open enrollment day, which was Wednesday. McGregor gave the supervisors good news when she reported that the county’s rates with Blue Cross Blue Shield went down $500 a month.

Other Business

In other news, the board:

• Accepted the resignation of Marci Gastineau as part-time jailer at the Webster County Sheriff’s Office effective Feb. 24.

• Set the proposed State Aid projects for the 2015 term as amended, with all supervisors signing a related order prepared by the county engineer.

• Accepted the surrendered tags list as submitted by the tax assessor without amendment, provided on the minutes.

• Agreed to sell certain equipment belonging to District 1 through Thomas Auction & Real Estate Co., and to pay the auction company 5 percent over $5,000; 7 percent under $5,000. The auction will be April 5 in Kosciusko.

The Webster County Board of Supervisors will have its next meeting on March 31 at the Doss Building.