By Lindsay Owens Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald
---- — The Washington City Council approved two ordinances Monday to change the meeting schedule for the plan commission and to renew the insurance policy for city employees. Members of the plan commission will now meet once each quarter.
Marilyn McCullough of Thompson Insurance told the council that insurance rates for insurance did increase slightly, just five percent, but claims were down from the previous year. McCullough said that because the city has a reserve account that premiums would not increase for the city employees. She also mentioned that wellness program the city implemented last year may have helped lower the number of claims the city had.
“The wellness program gets our employees moving,” said Mayor Joe Wellman. “We have several participating.”
The program encourages city employees to take part in some type of exercise and are then awarded points for the efforts. If employees earn a certain amount of points, they are entered in a drawing for prizes. Employees in the program are also required to have a blood draw to check levels and attend a health fair.
The Board of Public Works met at the conclusion of the council meeting and voted to approve applications for the first round of the sidewalk replacement plan. Terry Wininger said that 11 applicants were selected for the first round and applications are now being accepted for the next round. Homeowners will share the cost of the sidewalk replacement with the city.