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City of Weirton sees small increase in health coverage costs

WEIRTON — Weirton Council will be voting on insurance plans for municipal employees during Monday’s regular meeting.

Recommendations for health, dental and life insurance plans were given by the city’s Finance Committee Wednesday, with resolutions up for consideration by the full council when it convenes at 7 p.m. Monday in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center.

“It only went up 1 to 2 percent, depending on if you have single or family coverage,” Finance Director Diana Smoljanovich said, Wednesday.

Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh said the health plan was essentially the same as in previous years.

One change is the city is switching to United Concordia for its dental insurance coverage, with officials noting improved benefits and a more extensive provider list.

City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo noted health insurance is covered 100 percent by the city, although there is a shared cost between the city and its employees for dental coverage.

“That’s a major benefit. I think council should get credit for that,” DiBartolomeo said.

Also discussed and recommended by the Finance Committee Wednesday was a resolution for the purchase and placement of a pole and span of wire for a light on Delaware Avenue, at a cost of $1,308 plus $8 per month.

Assistant City Manager DeeAnn Pulliam explained the purchase is to provide electricity to a streetlight near the Amos Gregory Funeral Home. Pulliam noted the light in question once had been serviced by ArcelorMittal, but currently is out of use.

Other recommendations made by the Finance Committee and set to be considered by council are:

¯ A resolution for a contribution to the Hancock County Humane Foundation of $1,000, in recognition of Rick and Karen Rine

¯ A resolution to place a lien of $1,200 for the demolition costs associated with a detached garage at 59 Liberty Ave.

¯ A resolution to place a lien of 414,041.75 for the demolition costs associated with a house at4109 Washington St.

¯ A resolution for a contract with Ferrari and Associates PLLC for audit services for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 fiscal years, at a cost of $19,800 per year.

¯ A resolution for a contract with Capitol Business Interiors to purchase wall units to be installed in the city’s Finance Department, at a cost of $40,000. Smoljanovich noted similar wall units had been in place, but were removed at the direction of a previous city manager.

¯ A resolution for a contract with COBAN Technologies Inc. to purchase three in-car camera computers and three in-car laptops for the Weirton Police Department, at a cost of $37,938.20.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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