February 22, 2018
February 22, 2018
Commissioners Scott Blain and Bill Bullock, and Administrative Assistant Angela Newell were present.
8:30 Pledge of Allegiance
Commissioners received a letter of resignation from Doug Tucker effective Friday February 16, 2018.
Commissioner Blain moved to appoint Commissioner Bullock as Presiding Officer for remainder of 2018 and to appoint Commissioner Blain as backup Presiding Officer; Commissioner Bullock seconded; motion carried.
Commissioner Blain moved to accept Justice Court Disbursements for January 2018; Commissioner Bullock seconded; motion carried.
Commissioner Blain moved to approve Commissioners proceedings for January 18 and 22, 2018; Commissioner Bullock seconded; motion carried.
9:25 DES Coord. / GIS Mgr. Tom Kohley met with Commissioners regarding Public Information Officer duties for law enforcement incidents; Commissioners asked if it would be helpful to have an individual designated to assist Tom on those incidents. Tom will work with the Sheriff’s Office to establish a protocol for future incidents.
9:40 Commissioner Blain moved to approve employee time for February 4-17, 2018; Commissioner Bullock seconded; motion carried.
9:50 Commissioner Blain moved to approve the Agreement with Intoximeters for the 24/7 Sobriety Program; Commissioner Bullock seconded; motion carried.
10:00 Civil Deputy Attorney Jacque Papez met with Commissioners. Commissioner Blain discussed a junk vehicle complaint in Boyd; Kerry Jones has threatened to sue county if his complaint is not addressed. Jacque noted the Wyoming Attorney General had some minor issues with the emergency response mutual aid agreement. Those changes have been forwarded to the Montana Attorney General’s office for comment or additional changes. Jacque noted in the Burgen case, the County will file a motion to dismiss next week. She also noted Shannon has drafted a letter to Industrial Communications and their insurer reiterating the County’s request for compensation for the defunct Simulcast Radio System.
10:30 Historic Preservation Officer Samantha Long met with Commissioners for the Historic Preservation Officer Grant Application. Commissioner Blain moved to approve the Historic Preservation Grant Application; Commissioner Bullock seconded; motion carried. Samantha noted the Historic Preservation Commission is working to update County Preservation Plan.
February 22, 2018 (cont.)
11:00 Jerrid Bergum and Jane Swanson-Webb met with Commissioners and Pam Walling for the Insurance Committee meeting. Angela noted the request for proposals was sent to the Montana Association of Counties Health Care Trust (HCT), Payne West, Pacific Source, and the Levitt Group. The response from Payne West only included a price sheet as their plans were not competitive with the HCT. Pam noted the County’s claims have been trending more positively over the last year and has very few claims over $50,000. The HCT response assumed the County would be within the Trust average so set rates at 3%. 11:25 Judy Prinkki joined the meeting. Pam discussed plan changes. Retiring employees will now have the option to change their plan selection at retirement rather than just in the open enrollment period; there will be increased controls on opioid medications; and the plans will now benefit from coupons for specialty medications, only a participant’s actual out of pocket cost will count toward deductible and out of pocket max; there are also other improvements to prescription coverage.
Pam and reviewed plan participation and differences in plan coverage. Noted no one is currently enrolled in the HD1400 Plan; Pam suggested the County consider switching for the RM3000 plan. Pam also discussed premium tiers; currently the County does not have family friendly rates, but could inflate the single premium to bring down dependent coverage costs. The Committee does not believe enough people would add dependents to justify the rate increase for singles. The HCT will also be adding a $25 incentive to employees who attend wellness screenings.
Commissioner Blain moved to offering the RM1500, RM2000, RM3000, HD3000, and BP2000 medical plans for the 2018-2019 Fiscal year; Commissioner Bullock seconded; motion carried.
Commissioners approved the Montana Department of Transportation Yearly Certification of Roadway Mileage for SFY 2019 with no changes.
Respectfully submitted: Angela Newell, Administrative Assistant