The mayor and board of aldermen reconvened a meeting they recessed Tuesday at City Attorney
The board of aldermen voted at its at its
The meeting quickly devolved into accusations of some aldermen being "wined and dined" in exchange for their support of Smith's coverage plan and a back-and-forth between Smith and representatives from
At the same meeting, Ward 3 Alderwoman
At Tuesday's meeting,
City employees have also been circulating a petition to change the city's insurance provider, and some employees have complained that they have outstanding claims that have not been paid by the provider.
Tuesday's motion to rescind failed with only
Latham explained to the aldermen that he had received the forms from
Upon inspection of the documents, Latham said he discovered the three sets of documents he received appear to be an overview of insurance rates and two applications for group insurance and life insurance.
Latham said he forwarded those documents to the city's personnel officer,
As of Thursday's meeting, the documents had not been filled out and sent to the insurance provider.
"As I understand it ... if these documents are not sent (today), the insurance will expire Saturday, and there will be no more coverage for the employees," Latham said.
Latham said he had asked Cantu be present at the meeting, but understood she had an emergency arise and left town.
Latham said he did not know why the documents had not been filled out, and no other officials at the meeting knew either.
Latham said he asked the board to meet because he thought it best that if the documents needed to be filled out and signed, the aldermen approve the execution of the applications first.
Ward 1 Alderwoman
Dillard said with the urgency of the situation, it would be best if the documents were scanned and emailed to
Dillard said he had provided Interim City Clerk
Davis said after the meeting that as chair of the city's fire committee, he must represent the wishes of the firefighters, who he has said have expressed dissatisfaction with the current insurance provider.
"I am just up here trying to take care of our employees," he said.
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