Prior to the arrival of 2014, Milford Town Council tied up some loose ends during the end of the year meeting Friday, including what to do with savings seen after switching health insurance policies.
Council members opted to increase the town’s contribution to employees’ health savings accounts with the savings, in order to counteract the deductible increases. Employees with a family plan will see an increase in contributions of $85 a month while single employees will see a $42 per month increase.
The increases were approved for 2014 only, which will give the town time to see what future costs might be with the new health care reform and fund decreases.
While on the topic of health insurance, the council approved a $115 per month compensation for Joellen Free’s Medicare and drug card costs since she is no longer on the town’s insurance policy. Something similar had been done for Free’s predecessor, Charlotte Siegfried.
Bison requested the approval to place a second antenna on the town water tower. Council members approved the request, pending the company’s decision to pay the same rental amount of $250 a month.
The salaries ordinance 2013-10, reflecting the approved 2 percent pay increase, was adopted by the town during the meeting, too.
In other news:
- Council members approved the purchase of a new heater for the EMS bay for a cost of approximately $1,400.
- Encumbrance Ordinance 2013-9 was adopted by the town, which will carry over the encumbrance to 2014.
- The town will be submitting a letter showing support for the East CR 1300N expansion to SR 15.
- The next town council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 13.