Genoa renews Ohio Plan health insurance; drops Aetna Dental for Delta Dental
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Last year Genoa Township moved to the Ohio Plan for employee health insurance coverage, and Genoa’s Human Resource Specialist Linda Greco said the Ohio Plan has been, in her words, very good to Genoa Township.
Greco was in chambers during last Thursday evening’s Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting to make a pitch for renewing Ohio Plan health insurance coverage for 2013. Greco also recommended moving dental coverage from Aetna to Delta Dental.
“When we moved to the Ohio Plan last year they put a 10 percent increase cap on for the second year,” Greco said. “We looked at other carriers but they were not able to meet that 10 percent, which is well below other proposals.”
Greco said township employees would be on a $1,500 single and $3,000 family deductible plan, with HSA members receiving $1,200 and $2,400 respectively.
Aetna’s dental plan increase was 18.36 percent, Greco said, compared to a Delta Dental 2-year rate locked at 4.64 percent increase per year.
The trustees approved both of Greco’s recommendations.
The trustees also approved Greco’s recommendation to allow employees to add children up to the age of 28 to their health insurance coverage for a $172.48 monthly premium, with the cost passed along to the employee.
“This is a great benefit for employees with children in school, or an adult child who is working, but with no access to insurance,” Greco said.
Vision care and life insurance programs and premiums remain unchanged, Greco said. Vision care is in the second year of a four-year rate lock with a monthly premium of $12.03 per employee; and life insurance is in the second year of a three-year rate lock with a monthly premium of $10.50 per employee and $2.20 dependent coverage.
In other business, Genoa PD Chief Robert Taylor asked the trustees to approve spending $5,820 from the seizure trust fund for new duty gear from Vance Law Enforcement.
“We bought the current synthetic leather duty gear 12 years ago,” Taylor said. “It looked good, but it’s not as durable as we thought it would be. It’s costly to replace and looks terrible.”
Taylor said the replacement duty gear — handcuff carriers, magazine pouches, duty belts, spray holders, baton holders – would be high quality leather.
The trustees approved the purchase request; Taylor thanked local drug dealers for their involuntary contributions to the seizure trust fund.
The trustees briefly discussed unheated storage facilities for the township maintenance and safety services complex on Big Walnut Road.
Township Administrator Paul Wise and Development & Zoning Director Joe Clase described two structures arranged in an L shape behind the township salt barn – one approximately 7,500 square feet, the other 4.375 square feet – about 12,000 square feet total of storage space.
Clase said the cost for the pole structures would be $15 per square foot for just the buildings without concrete; the township maintenance department, as a cost savings measure, could pour the concrete floors.
Clase estimated that the two structures would cost between $350,000 and $400,000, including concrete and 14-foot doors. The project would be funded through the various township departments based on square-foot usage.
“We store a lot of things outside and that makes them depreciate much faster,” Wise said. “Having an indoor storage area will also make our safety service and maintenance complex look a lot better. We’ll look at this during the next budget cycle and put it out to bid.”
The trustees approved the purchase of a 2012 Case CX36B Mini Trac Hoe for $41,000.
Township Maintenance Supervisor Bob Mathews said the township currently rents a mini trac hoe at $225 per day for opening and closing graves 30 to 40 times each year. Mathews said each grave opening and closing is a two-day rental – one day to open the grave, the next day to close.
The Case CX36B should have a 20-year life span, Mathews said; pay back in township savings would be 2 1/2 years. Mathews also noted that nearby townships had expressed an interest in renting the unit at $100 per day, shortening the payback time.
Misti Spillman was in chambers to request permission to restore and repair headstones in Red Bank Cemetery. Spillman said she would hold a workshop to demonstrate proper techniques in cemetery restoration and continuing her effort to restore and repair damaged headstones.
The trustees approved applying for Recreational Trail Program and Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant funds to assist with funding a resurfacing of the Genoa Trail in 2014–15.
The trustees accepted $4,048.30 from the State of Ohio for a hazmat decontamination roller system; and $1,120.01 from the Aladdin Shriners Hospital Association for Children, Inc. for one pediatric immobilization system and two pediatric vacuum mattress systems.
The trustees reappointed John Herchl to the Genoa Township Parks Advisory Board with a term expiring March 31, 2015.
Administrator Paul Wise said the 2013 Genoa Township Workplace Campaign for the United Way of Delaware County resulted in $1,334 in contributions. The trustees thanked everyone who participated.
The next regularly scheduled Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at the Genoa Township Hall, 5111 South Old 3C Highway, Westerville.
An updated list of Genoa Township meetings is available on the township website at < genoatwp.com >.