There will be some changes coming to Fort Lupton city employees’ health-insurance plans, although what those changes will mean remains to be seen.
Details were scarce during an Oct. 4 city council meeting; more are due at a town hall (discussion with no decisions) meeting Oct. 11, after press time.
Humana Inc. is getting out of the insurance business in Colorado. The contract says the firm has to provide 18 months. But the city’s human resources director, Laura Howe, said the city will be out of the plan sometime next year.
“We’re looking at options,” she told councilors. “Multiple carriers declined to give us quotes. The best one is United Health Care, but we’re also looking at a couple of health carrier pools. It’ll be a significant change.”
“Fewer suppliers always mean higher prices,” said Mayor Zo Stieber-Hubbard.
In other business
Council approved a reimbursement agreement with Union Pacific Railroad for the design of a controlled access railroad crossing on Weld County Road 12. Staff notes said the costs would be around $35,000.
City officials think increased development near WCR 12 and South Rollie Avenue traffic will increase traffic flow at the grade crossing.
Council also agreed to opt out of the Colorado Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act. Premiums are due Jan. 1 (0.9 of 1 percent of employee pay split between the and its employees).
Benefits are available Jan. 1, 2024. Staff said the cost could be as much as $70,000 per year. Weld County voters approved the law but by the slimmest of margins.
The council accepted a proposal from Vortex Aquatics Structures International for mechanical equipment and play features for the city’s new splash pad. The cost won’t be higher than $262,000.
Staff notes said the budget for the splash pad was $400,000. However, those notes said Vortex increased its prices between 7 percent and 10 percent effective the first of October.
With a 5% government discount, the council’s approval and the city’s acceptance of the shipment, cost savings to the city could total between $32,000 and $40,000.
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