Smyrna City Council approves employee insurance plan, splash pad funding and more

Ariel Robinson

On Monday evening, when I returned to City Hall, Smyrna The City Council unanimously approved several agenda items.

First, we approved the 2023 City Workers Benefits Insurance Plan and reviewed it each fall.

The City worked with insurance broker John Knop of Oakbridge Insurance to select employee benefits insurance plans, providers, and plan designs.

This is the plan for 2023, according to the city’s publication sheet.

Medical, Rx, Stop Loss

  • Health Plan and Claims Management — Transfer employee contributions to a third-party administrator, Allied, while keeping employee contributions intact.
    • Utilize the Aetna Signature Administrators (ASA) PPO network
    • Keep the overall plan design the same. Eliminate redundant HMO High plans. We offer three plan options: High, Medium, and Low (HDHP).
  • Stop loss — move to Pareto/HHS
  • Maximum total annual increase of 1.93% or $169,486.19
  • Rx—Updated with ProCare, ElectRx, and Veracity – No Change

dental—Updated with Guardian – 6% more employees – this is what employees paid for 100%

Vision-Updated with Guardian – no change

Basic life and AD&D, spontaneous life, short-term disability and long-term disabilityUpdated with Guardian – no change

Medical Savings Account—Updated with Health Equity – no change

Flexible Spending Accounts and COBRA Management—Update with Discovery Benefits/WEX—No change

Mayor Derek Norton said the city was happy with the plan.

“In the past … other brokers came along while we were here and gave us … usually 3 terrible options, and we choose the best of the terrible options,” he said. Norton said, “But it wasn’t recently. It’s an unprecedented 1.93% increase. And we’re very happy with that.”

Click to view the 2023 Benefit Update Letter from the City here.

Smyrna also approved the use of $34,500 in 2022 SPLOST funding for design development, construction documentation, and period-of-construction services for the Riverline Park Splash Pad.

The splash pad is located in Ward 7, the ward of Lewis Wheaton.

Peachtree Corners-based Pond and Company said it plans to propose design developments and produce conceptual site plans that will later be approved by the city. documents from the pond It lays out the details.

According to the document, key elements of the splash pad include the splash pad, future pavilion locations, various park amenities such as benches, trash cans, hardscapes, and a modular toilet building.

Wheaton was absent on Monday night as he was traveling. Norton spoke on his behalf.

“This is something we were very excited about. This is one of our SPLOST projects,” the mayor said. “This is in keeping with the theme of using resources across all boroughs instead of just focusing on his one area of ​​the city.”

The City Council unanimously approved a revised budget adopted for 2023.

This amendment increases the Buildings and Sites Technical Services line from 2018 CIP Roof Repair and Replacement Projects by $150,000 and adds it to the Buildings and Plants Division’s Technical Services line.

City administrator Joseph Bennett said this stems from the city’s desire to be more proactive when it comes to planning repairs and maintenance.

“Building and Grounds has identified vendors who can provide city roof ratings and future maintenance plans,” says Bennett. “We have also seen security upgrades for City Hall, Libraries and Community Centers. Starting in the 2018 budget year, he said, the CIP project was set up to reroute community centers and realize the savings for that project.

“Staff agrees that transferring funds from that project back to the General Fund is an appropriate use of these funds without reducing another item of expenditure. The matter is the approval of a proposed budgetary amendment adopted in 2023 to increase the Building and Site Technical Services item by $150,000.”

Finally, Smyrna unanimously endorsed several items through a consent agenda related to public safety.

One of the approved items was to approve the purchase of a new firearms simulator for District 7’s new Smyrna Police Training Center.

The city accepted a $37,800 2023 Law Enforcement Training Program grant through the Criminal Justice Coordination Council to make the purchase.

According to the city’s announcement issue sheetand this is the background:

“The Smyrna Police Department has been given a firearms simulator by Glock for about five years.

Before, I was already 15 years old. Outdated technology and equipment

Some features no longer work. Since we opened our new training center this year, we’ve had the space to train officers and others in our new firearms simulator.

agency. A grant she was awarded for $37,800.00. ”

The city council, through the Criminal Justice Coordination Council, also approved a $2,754 grant to reopen police department bicycle units.

This grant is the 2020 Safe Neighborhoods Micro-Grant for Project Community Policing. Both this grant and the Firearms Simulator grant were awarded to Smyrna on October 6th.

according to issue sheet The background for this item is:

“As we renovate and redesign our cities, police departments are looking for new ways.

Address areas where vehicles are impractical.Police resume operations

Our bike unit provides uniforms, bike upkeep, training classes, and

Bicycle accessories such as blue light. The subsidy is

$2,754.00.”

Arielle Robinson is a student at Kennesaw State University. She is currently the president of the University Chapter of the Journalists Association and former editor of KSU Sentinel. She enjoys music, reading poetry and non-fiction books, and collecting books and records. She enjoys all kinds of music, reading poetry and non-fiction books.

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