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Councilmen Blackmon and Davenport anchor their last council meeting in special called session

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SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Friday’s Sylacauga City Council meeting was the last meeting that will feature councilmen Donnie Blackmon and Dallas Davenport.

The two were honored by city hall employees with plaques following the meeting. The next time the council meets, new city council members Laura Heath and Nate Brewer will be sworn in. That ceremony will be Monday at 4 p.m.

At the meeting, the council approved its fiscal year 2021 operating budget with $16,528,925.05 in total revenue and $16,517,396 in total expenditures, leaving a surplus of $11,556.05.

The city also changed its post-retirement insurance benefits to allow for individual insurance benefits after retirement. Previously, the city rules read, Individual health insurance benefits will not be provided if, or when, the retiring employee becomes eligible for Medicare or is re-employed and subsequently eligible for health insurance through another employer.”

Now, the following options are available, ”

“Employees retiring upon the completion of the requisite number of years of continuous service with the City and who are eligible for Medicare (age 65 or older) or medical disability on the date of retirement would be eligible to receive supplemental health care benefits as a Retiree under the group. The length of such supplemental health care benefits shall be based upon the number of years of continuous years of service as set out in Resolution 12-2002.

If permitted by the City’s insurance carrier, retired employees of the City of Sylacauga may continue dependent coverage at their own cost, provided that such dependent coverage was in effect at the time of retirement and there has been no subsequent break in dependent coverage.

If permitted by the City’s insurance carrier, retired employees of the City of Sylacauga may continue health insurance coverage at their own cost upon the expiration of the city-paid post-retirement coverage.

Individual health insurance benefits will not be provided if, or when, the retiring employee is re-employed and subsequently eligible for health insurance through another employer.”

Changes were also made to city employees’ vacation leave.

The following items were also approved:

  • Action that is necessary to establish $3,500 as the fixed asset threshold amount for capitalizing applicable purchases.
  • Approve travel/expenses for Police Officer Harry Brown to escort the SHS Football Team to Faith Academy School in Mobile, Alabama for the football playoffs—Costs estimated at $85 for fuel reimbursement and meals, along with the use of a department vehicle.
  • Action that is necessary to authorize payments totaling $3,074.98 for additional FY2020 accounts payable invoices received after year-end.

 


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