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County insurance rate stays the same

County insurance rate stays the same County insurance rate stays the same
By Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]

The Crawford County Board of Commissioners received good news during its Nov. 10 regular meeting.

Auditor Christian Howell informed the board that the county’s health insurance rates will not increase for 2021. The county’s insurance is through Anthem.

“Everything stays the same,” she said.

Commissioner Dan Crecelius said that was good — and very unusual — news. He recently attended a meeting involving commissioners from throughout the state and said, “This is a good deal. In talking with other commissioners, everybody’s gotten an increase.”

The board adopted a resolution regarding reimbursement of public health and safety payroll cost through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as CARES Act.

A claim will be submitted for reimbursement of payroll costs, and that money will go into the General Fund and be dispersed accordingly. Howell explained this is a bit different than standard procedure but is approved by the State Board of Accounts.

Upon the advice of county attorney Marcus Burgher IV, the commissioners formally denied a damages claim of $1,467.82 from Frontier.

The company claimed the county damaged Frontier’s property at 9448 Northridge Road in Milltown. However, Frontier provided no documentation as Burgher requested. Burgher noted Frontier has submitted another claim regarding alleged damage on McCormick Road but has not responded to his request for additional information.

The board approved allowing a county employee to use comp time accumulated during the pandemic. This employee continued working while county offices were closed and now has health issues and needs time off.

In other business, the board:

• Heard a brief presentation from Rick Anderson of Johnson Mellow, an Indianapolis-based company specializing in energy conservation programs for municipalities.

Anderson said the company’s primary focus is solar power, noting one project was the Indianapolis airport. He said that airport has the largest solar field of any airport in North America.

Johnson Mellow’s goal is to complete projects in a budget-neutral manner. The commissioners said they would review the materials he left.

• Approved two employee Family Medical Leave Act requests. One is for Oct. 6 to Nov. 17, the other is Sept. 18 to Feb. 1.

• Appointed Mary Brown and Angela Crecelius to the Hoosier Uplands board of directors for three-year terms.

• Approved the annual contract with Purdue University for Extension services. The amount, $44.,820, is the same as in previous years.

• Appointed Carl LaHue to the Leavenworth Fire Protection Board. The term will be 2021-25.

The commissioners next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the Crawford County Judicial Complex in English.