Wahington supervisors OK increase in premiums for employee benefits

The Washington County Board of Supervisors discussed changing county employees’ benefits at the board’s regular meeting Tuesday.

Human Resources Manager Amber Day reported that the county’s insurance committee has seen an increase in claims and prescription costs. The committee is recommending an overall 8 percent increase in premiums although some employees with single coverage would see no increase.

Day said during the past four years there has been one increase in premiums. The committee recommended reducing the premium for family coverage for dental which is self-insured by the county.

The board acknowledged and approved the recommendations.

Confinement Feeding

The supervisors held a public hearing on an application from Bret Kron of Riverside to establish an animal confinement operation to raise hogs. The application was in order and nobody commented during the public hearing.

The application was unanimously approved.

Other Business

In other business, the supervisors:

• Approved a final acceptance and payment of $10,090.53 to CellSite Solutions for the communications center project equipment shelters.

• Approved a BUILD grant application to help pay for 75 percent of a bridge project across the Skunk River expected to cost $3.5 million.

• Approved a project to have low bidder Iowa Bridge and Culvert extend a Vine Avenue culvert at a cost of $256,509.72.

• Discussed a COVID-19 update.