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Mabel City Council discusses city employee health insurance

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on October 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. Terry Torkelson was acting mayor in Mayor Brian Street’s absence.

The minutes from the September 18, 2013 meeting were reviewed and approved.

The street signs for the new Steam Engine Drive have arrived and will be put up shortly.

The council discussed the city employees’ health insurance. The insurance rates will be increasing by 2 percent. City Clerk Karen Larson presented three different options for the council to review. They could keep the insurance the way it is is with the city paying 80 percent and including an HSA, change it to the city paying 90 percent with no HSA, or join the Local 49 Union health plan. The council reviewed each option and concluded that the union will provide the most savings to the City of Mabel while improving coverage to city employees. A motion was passed to apply to the union.

The council reviewed the city employees’ paid holidays. Columbus Day and the day after Thanksgiving are optional holidays. A motion was passed to keep the city offices open on Columbus Day and make the day after Thanksgiving a paid holiday. A motion was also passed to close at noon on Christmas Eve instead of remaining open all day.

A letter containing the bids for the proposals for the water and sewer system improvements from Davy Engineering was reviewed. Davy Engineering recommended accepting the bids for proposals #2, #3, and #4 which are Demolition of the Existing Standpipe, Electrical Work & SCADA, and WWTP Repairs consecutively. They recommended rejecting the bid for proposal #1, Standpipe, as it came in at $100,000 higher than their estimate and $140,000 higher than the preliminary budget.

The EDA report was given on the status of the plans for the new grocery store in Mabel. Negotiations are currently in progress to purchase the former Cruiser’s Family Restaurant building. The council approved a motion to move ahead with the negotiations.

Mabel City Maintenance Director Robert Miereau stated that the current temperature control system for the Community Center is very complicated. Right now, only two city employees are able to adjust the temperature, and it has to be done from outside the building. Wireless thermostats could be installed for $400 each which would make it much simpler to adjust the temperature and allow all the city employees to easily do so. The council voted to purchase two wireless thermostats for the Community Center.

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be held November 13, 2013 at 7 p.m.

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