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Buckhannon looks at health insurance

BUCKHANNON — City of Buckhannon employees hired after Oct. 1 will now be expected to contribute some of the premiums for spouse and children after council passed on second and final reading Ordinance 437 Thursday night.

Under the ordinance, all employees hired before Oct. 1 are grandfathered, in meaning the city will continue to pay 100 percent of the premium for the employee, spouse and qualifying children who are enrolled in the city’s insurance plan.

Going forward, the City of Buckhannon will continue to pay 100 percent of the premium for full-time employees hired on or after Oct. 1.

However, those new employees will be expected to contribute $125 a month for qualifying spouse coverage, $100 per month for a qualifying child and $150 per month for a qualifying spouse and qualifying child or children. The spouse must also not be eligible for enrollment in an employer-sponsored health insurance at the spouse’s own place of work.

After a couple months of discussion and several meetings of the city’s insurance committee, the ordinance passed second and final reading with no discussion.

Councilwoman Mary Albaugh moved, seconded by councilwoman Pam Bucklew to approve the ordinance. The motion passed with councilmen Robbie Skinner and Dave Thomas being absent.

Ordinance 438 is a housekeeping insurance that ensures the city’s purchasing requirements are in line with state code, according to city attorney Tom O’Neill. On motion by councilman C.J. Rylands and second by city recorder Randall Sanders, the motion passed first reading. A second reading will be held Sept. 5.

In other business, council:

• voted to adopt Oct. 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. as trick-or-treat time in the corporate limits of Buckhannon.

• approved an agreement with Upshur BOE to use a room at Stockert Youth and Community Center for an alternative classroom.

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