Town of Oolitic approves additional appropriation of funds for employee health insurance

OOLITIC – The Oolitic Town Council met in a special session Tuesday afternoon, to discuss an additional appropriation for the insurance funds for the town employees.

Oolitic Town Council members during their special meeting on Tuesday. From left: Annette Norrick Clerk/Treasurer, Steve Kerr, President Tangie Jenkins, Vice President Brenda Corey, and Jon Broglin. Council member John Dillon participated via phone call

The town has six employees that would be covered in the updated insurance which will cover 100 percent of the cost of its employees, with 50 percent covered for dependents and family members. Currently, three employees have turned down the insurance.

As a way to combat the costs for employees, the council approved an appropriation of $3,000 from the general fund, to go towards aiding employees if needed, while also covering any additional employees hired by the town.

With new employees, they will need to work for 60 days before they can apply for insurance, during any form of grace period they may have in between jobs.

The council will include this discussion in their regular town meeting on Monday, July 25th, to amend the town ordinance to reflect the 60 day window, as well as the appropriation.