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Mitchell County Commissioners


Monday, July 31, 2017


By Terry Bailey



The Mitchell County Commissioners conducted their weekly business meeting on Monday morning, July 31st. All Commissioners were present as well as the County Clerk. Due to the month of July having five Mondays, the Commissioners did not meet on Monday, July 24th to keep with their policy of only meeting four times a month.


Heather Hartman, Solomon Valley Economic Director, gave the Commissioners a detailed report on her various activities related to economic development in the Solomon Valley area. She has numerous projects going on, some beginning, some in the middle and some nearing completion.


Blue Cross Representative Kelly Leister spoke with the Commissioner regarding the details of the premiums for the upcoming year for County employee health insurance.


The Commissioners thanked Leister for the “Heads Up” on the expected increase in the health insurance cost so that they could factor in the possible 25% increase in premiums for the upcoming year. Lesiter responded by commenting that she hoped the rates will not increase that much, but she thought it prudent to alert the Commissioners to the possibility of such an increase’s possibility.


Leister said that firm numbers for insurance costs should be available in the second week of October. At that time the Commissioners can get very specific with their budget numbers with hard figures at hand.


Commissioner Jim Marshall asked Leister what, if any, is the maximum percentage that Blue Cross can increase the yearly premium rate. Leister said there was a lid of 75% for a yearly increase in premiums and that she was aware of only one instance when that happened. She said medical procedures such as organ transplants, hemophilia, and premature babies are very high ticket medical expenses.


The Commissioners voted unanimously to sign a management representation letter with Lindberg, Vogel, Faris, Pierce Chartered enabling them to serve as the County’s auditors.


At 9:30 a.m. the Commissioner recessed their meeting and called to order a public hearing for members of the public to comment on the Rural Fire Department budgets. After 15 minutes and having no one appear to comment on these budgets, the Public Hearing was adjourned.


At 10:00 a.m. a public hearing was called to order to allow public comments regarding the upcoming Mitchell County budget. At 10:15 a.m. with no one appearing to speak about the County budget, the public hearing was adjourned.


The Commissioners voted to approve resolutions to approve the Rural Fire District budgets and the Mitchell County budget.


Having addressed all the items on the agenda, the meeting was adjourned.

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