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by Patty Cheffey
While the Marion County Commission approved health insurance with some changes, employees will not see any additional costs.
The county decreased their fixed cost and made a change on the pharmacy side during Monday’s commission meeting, during which they also discussed a proposal on the trustee held property in Hannibal and heard an update on the Hannibal Courthouse roof.
Carla Meyers, with First State Insurance, presented the proposal to the county as well as the one for the employee voluntary benefits coverage.
The county approved switching to The Standard for those benefits, which will include vision, dental and life insurance.
The Standard offers the same coverage at some savings to the county, she said.
In other business, Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator, reported she had heard from the city of Hannibal in response to the county voting last week to not pay for any demolition costs to trustee-held properties in Hannibal as the county did not own those properties.
The county has been assured by their attorney they are correct in that they do not have to pay for anything related to those properties as they don’t own them.
The city of Hannibal, however, would like the county to turn those properties over to the city and waive the recording fees.
Legally, the county cannot waive those fees, according to the commissioners, who said they would sell those properties for $1 each plus the recording fees to the city.
Currently there are 11 trustee-held properties in Hannibal, according to Charlene Jones-Liendo, county trustee.
The commissioners are waiting on a reply from their attorney to verify they can sell the properties.
Also in her report, Stice said she had received the engineers report from Travelers Insurance on the Hannibal Courthouse roof, and Travelers claims the damage to the roof was not done by hail.
She noted Cardinal Contractors, which is working with the county on the Hannibal roof, have retained Premier Claims, which is still working on the situation.
Stice also reported:
• Premier Painting should be finished with the Palmyra Courthouse by next Wednesday;
• new bulbs have been placed in the clock and the spotlight for the flag has been installed; and
• some of the Christmas candles need to be replaced because of age, which she was given permission to do. Presiding Commissioner David Lomax noted he was informed those candles should not be plugged into extension cords, but directly into plug-ins, and the commissioners are looking into that.
They also reviewed sales tax and fund balances.
Sales tax was up, according to County Clerk Marla Meyers, except for Local Use which was done some.
Fund balances are also up compared to a year ago, at $3,368,854.22 for combined General Revenue and Road and Bridge funds. Last year at this time they were $2,877,629.04