Let me first say that I like and respect John Tilley. But as the late, great Paul Harvey would say.. Now the rest of the story.
Insurance for life? This discussion started when spouses of retired employees realized that policy had changed around 2009. Retirees with 25 years of service had their insurance paid at 100 percent, but spouses had to PAY 100% for their health insurance. Previously 50 percent of spouses’ insurance premium was covered by the City.
After discussion, the minutes continue with … “Vice Mayor Bethune made a motion to have a 90 day window for employees to retire with 25 years of service, for the City to pay 100% of employees health insurance benefits and 50% of spouse coverage, and anyone that has previously retired get credit for 50% on spouse coverage, effective February 1 –May 1.” Motion was approved with Vice Mayor Bethune, Council members Manning and Sewell voting yes, Council member Gravitt passing and then voting yes and Mayor Lambert abstaining. Not a unanimous approval.
“Council member Sewell made a motion, seconded by Council member Gravitt, to approve Resolution No. 2370 as written with the 65 age limit.” Vice Mayor Bethune and Council member Manning voted no. Council members Sewell and Gravitt voted yes. With Mayor Lambert abstaining, the item was rolled over to the next meeting.
During this meeting, information was given by Andrew Hyatt who was the City Manager (not Tim Gobble as stated by Mr. Tilley). The minutes reflect Hyatt’s thinking: “He (City Manager Hyatt) also stated that savings would only come if the positions are not filled, but stated these two employees would not be replaced.”
Bottom line is that a motion was made by Mayor Lambert and seconded by Council member Gravitt to amend Resolution 2370 as follows: “The window of opportunity for retirement is closed immediately allowing only the two employees that have tendered letters of retirement to be eligible for this benefit.” The vote was unanimous. Motion approved.