Ward IV Commissioner
"I thought we'd decided to divide the funding for this program evenly across the six wards and with the mayor's input," Langstaff said. "I'd like to keep this program going because I think it's a viable program, but I don't want to lose the support of (commissioners in)
"This was supposed to be, I thought, like alley-paving, where we do the same number of linear feet in each ward. But in two years, 50 percent of the total funding for the program has been budgeted in Ward IV."
Marietta told the board Mayor
"Even deducting the cost of those two projects, you've still outspent your share of the program," Langstaff noted.
Ward VI Commissioner
"I don't want to deny anyone in the city speed humps because we've had a situation where a child was run over and killed, and that's the worst thing that can happen," Postell said. "But allocating all of the funding in this program for one commissioner is discrimination."
Langstaff later offered a motion to approve
Subadan and city insurance consultants with ShawHankins noted that the city's group health plan had been able to hold down costs over the past year despite a general upturn in the industry. Statistics indicated that much of the good news is due to increased use of the city's wellness center.
Among the items noted during discussion of the city's insurance program: a 55 percent reduction in emergency room costs, a 25 percent decrease in claims for diabetes, a 56 percent reduction in claims for heart disease and a 61 percent reduction in claims for cancer treatment. Employee use of the city's wellness center was recognized as a primary factor for the improvements.
"The city took a risk when we decided to implement the wellness center," Assistant City Manager
The commission also approved a state-mandated ordinance by which the city Marshal's office will file a report with the state
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