At the September 23, 2015 meeting of the Clark County Commissioners, the commissioners approved the selection of the Option 1 alternative provided by the County Employee Benefits Consortium/Anthem (CEBCO) and the CEBCO Express Scripts as the medical and pharmacy insurance provider for 2016. The plan will provide the same benefits as the current plan; except for a slight increase in out of pocket expenses and co-pays for office visits and urgent care. In addition, the employees’ portion of the premium will increase from 8% to 10%. However, after intense evaluation of seven renewal options, this plan provides the best coverage for all county employees while keeping the premium increase below what the county has budgeted for health insurance. Without CEBCO help, the county would have experienced a much larger increase because county employees incurred 121% of paid premiums in 2015. Most insurance carriers would have increased premiums by more than 40%.

For the Engineering Department, the commissioners authorized two change orders for contracts with R.B. Jergens to reflect actual costs versus projected costs. The first change order was for the Lower Valley Pike Construction Project. The change order increased the project cost by $45,129.26. The new contract total is $6,234,721.63. In addition, they approved an increase in the contract for the demolition of the New Carlisle Pike Bridge by $3,347.25. The total cost for the bridge demolition stands at $664,354.24.

In other engineering projects, the commissioners authorized a change order for the 2015 Pavement Marking Contract to Oglesby Construction, Inc. For this contract, the commissioners approved the extension of the contract by 10 calendar days to allow for contract completion. The contract amount remains the same at $183,316.91.

They also authorized the removal of a legal load reduction sign for the Lower Valley Pike Bridge #1228 in Bethel Township located at 0.40 miles west of Snider Road. The removal of the sign resulted because of the Lower Valley widening project that replaced the previous bridge with a new structure meeting current load standards.

For the Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS), the commissioners authorized a contract with CitiLookout for $35,174 to provide group counseling to fathers who have experienced displacement, instability, violence, inability to parent successfully, or other challenges related to fatherhood. The Journey to Freedom Program offers the program and the contract is effective October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2017.

They also authorized a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Oesterlen Services for Youth, Inc. and the Clark Greene Madison Respite and Resource Center to address details regarding funding, scope of work and reporting requirements for an existing contract with the organizations. The MOU was effective April 30, 2015.

For the Buildings and Grounds Department, the commissioners authorized two contracts. The first contract with Waibel Trans addresses HVAC Maintenance for the county’s municipal building for $41,812 effective September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016. This contract has four renewals options. In addition, they authorized a contract with Modular Security Systems, Inc. doing business as DropBox, Inc for $75,000 for an inmate shower enclosure effective September 23, 2015.

For the Clark County Board of Elections and the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, the commissioners approved a MOU for the purchase of electronic poll books and any other necessary equipment. Expenses will be paid for from the State Biennium Budget Allocation and is effective September 23, 2015.

For the Sheriff’s Office, the commissioners accepted two grants from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office for traffic enforcement to safeguard Ohio roadways. Both grants are effective October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. The first grant is for $30,737.76 and the second grant is for $20,387.21.

The next meeting of the Clark County Commissioners is scheduled for September 30, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. in the commissioners’ conference room at 50 E. Columbia Street.

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