Snead offers council health insurance opportunities

The Snead Town Council voted to permit its councilors to participate in the State Employees Insurance Board health coverage. Councilman Charles Sanders had previously asked of that possibility. After his request, town clerk Rae Ware had investigated and explained that any added coverage could not be implemented before the November open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.

As the council discussed the motion, Ware explained again that the expanded coverage for councilors would only be permitted by council members’ paying their own premiums. Should the council decide it would like for the town to pay the premiums, then that would need to be considered by February of 2016.

If the council then voted for that benefit, it would be viewed as an increase in councilor salary. State law does not allow a council to increase its own pay, so the possible additional benefit would not be effective until after this council’s term ends.

In other business, utilities head Jeff Whited reported his department is still awaiting delivery of its new trencher. When asked by councilman Greg Ogles details of the delay, Whited theorized that the changes the town sought from the dealer model had prompted it. He promised to contact the dealer for a more definitive answer.

Councilors voted to table a police department request for a new printer/copier until their next session. No officers were present to explain whether the department has sufficient need to justify the added expense of a color copier as opposed to a black and white.

Members also decided to hold a 15- minute work session prior to their next regular meeting on Dec. 8. That session is to examine the town insurers request for recommended council actions.

Councilors Tim Kent and Dale Snead missed the Nov. 14 meeting. Mayor Curtis Painter and Councilman Phillip McHan joined Sanders and Ogles. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the town community center.