AURORA – The city is replacing its current provider of employee life/ADD and long-term disability insurance with another company. The Board approved the change at its October 24 Meet.
The two-year contract, which comes into effect January 1, 2023is with Lincoln Financial through USI city broker, and the cost will be $22,418 for basic life/DMA coverage and $14,739 for long-term disability coverage for eligible full-time employees.
Mutual of Omaha is the current provider. Lifetime/ADD coverage will increase from $30,000 at $50,000 per eligible full-time employee. The costs represent an overall net increase of $3,393 on the current contract, and prices are firm for two years. Chief of Staff/Chief of Staff Karen Pope said the city had received quotes from five potential vendors.
The Council also approved contracts with three companies.
Buckeye Pumps Inc. will provide a replacement pump for the Barrington lift station for $23,373, Lighting and Controls Inc. will provide 12 streetlights for the Route 43 lighting initiative for $54,240 and Municipal SA will replace the heating/ventilation system of the central treatment plant filters building for $125,400.
According to the director of the service Harry Stark, an electrical and mechanical inspection by the sewage maintenance supervisor revealed that Barrington Lift Station Pump 1 had been running 40% longer than Pump 2 for several months. stark said Buckeye Pumps Inc. is the only sales representative in the region for the Flyght pump.
As for the streetlights, Stark said buying them now will eliminate contractors’ profit margins, ensure faster delivery, and ensure a match with existing streetlights in the downtown area.
Stark said the city received two bids to replace the heating/ventilation system. The other offer was $27,500 After.
The council accepted the donation of a one acre plot between 567/627 E. Pioneer Trail and the Paddock River Reserve of Sommers Real Estate LLC. It is necessary for a footpath to access the reserve.
Sommers Real Estate also granted an access easement along an existing sanitary sewer easement between 607/617 E. Pioneer Trail for the footpath.
The other elements approved are the acceptance of a formula for the distribution of Government funds money by Portage County, a $33,312 contract with Hejuk-Cox & Associates create updated legal descriptions and a map for all zoning districts and a lease with Karen Stacko and Thomas Maracz for the former Miller property on Page route.
Four agenda items passed to their next readings.
City-assessed rates would be increased to reflect an increase in the cost of living. The Social Security Administration determined that the rise in the cost of living increased by 8.7% between the end of the third quarter of 2021 and the end of the third quarter of 2022.
Another is the disposal of four Motorola APX 6500 model radios and associated accessories. They are no longer useful to firefighters and will be auctioned off online. Acting Fire Chief Matthew McBirney says they are valued at around $700 each.
The third is a contract with Hall Public Safety Upfitters to supply equipment and install it in three new Ford Explorer police cruisers for $46,083.
And the last item in the works is the sale of two pieces of parks and recreation department equipment that are no longer needed on godeals.com.
Finance director Tim Clymer reported municipal fund balances remain in a healthy position, with $41.13 million free of all funds and $16.86 million unencumbered by the general fund.
Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin reported that a Fill the Bus food drive will be November 9 of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.the bus being parked at Walker Building. She also presented the new administrative coordinator of the city Tammy Harriswho has been an Aurora resident for 26 years.
A couple Chatham Estates residents informed Council about neighbors not keeping their properties in good repair and one parking cars on the front lawn. “It doesn’t reflect the neighborhood well,” said Sandy Tucker. Legal council Dean De Piero said the city’s outdoor maintenance code relies on citizens to notify the planning, zoning and building department of code violations. He noted that the city will then follow up on complaints and take action if necessary.
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