Proposed $0.497423 Tax Rate approved, Resolutions Read, Bids Awarded, Election Judges and Staff To Be Hired for Upcoming November Charter Election

By: 
JOSEPH GRANT
Editor

The City Commission of the City of Sweetwater, met in regular session on Tuesday September 11, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the City Commission Room of the City Hall, 200 E. 4th Street, Sweetwater.
The Mayor took the call to order and invited Pastor Loran Rule from the Emmanuel Fellowship church to do the invocation.
During the invocation, as it was a significant day, all were asked to remember and pray for the victims of 9/11 which had occurred seventeen years ago that morning.
As the agenda was packed, the meeting quickly got under way. The commission moved around the agenda in an effort to keep the meeting moving.
The meeting minutes were approved from August 14 with one change on Item G. Commissioner May wanted a correction made. Otherwise, the meeting minutes were approved.
The City Commission heard a presentation on Dental. Life and Life Insurance Benefits regarding proposals received July 10, 2018 for Group Health, Dental and Life Insurance Employee Benefits for FY 2018-2019. Analysis handouts were given to the Commission, informing them that the claims submitted last year were mostly “flat”. The City has averaged a 5.2 increase each year for the past four years. Medical inflation is basically 8 or 9 percent and this shows that the City is beating inflation, even though the costs are high. Being flat is good too, despite the fact that there were three large claimants this year. Quotes from Life, Dental and Life Insurance will be considered by the Commission. Blue Cross ended up as the only quote as other Insurance companies did not submit quotes or the quotes were not acceptable.
Recommendations were that the Commission accept the Blue Cross bid, Group Life is to stay with Unim and Dental and Vision go to Unim, as well, if one wants Vision, as it is totally voluntary and free to the City. The City Manager concurred with the motion.
The Commission then skipped to (K), which had to do with the Resolution for City Commission to discuss, consider and act upon approval of Resolution approving a negotiated settlement between the Atmos Cities Steering Committee and Atmos Energy Corportion, Mid-Tex Division, regarding the Company’s 2018 rate review mechanism filings. Sean Martin, Manager of Public Affairs of Atmos Energy, office at 1101 North Arnold Boulevard in Abilene, spoke to those gathered.

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