Health insurance for Soddy Daisy employees will be changing in 2014. The city reviews insurance options every year, and this year found that to keep the existing plan would have cost the city an additional $55,000 compared to what was paid in 2013.
After receiving that information, City Recorder Burt Johnson researched various alternatives, resulting in a plan that he said will benefit both the city and the employees. City Manager Hardie Stulce said he wanted “to give credit where credit is due,” and told the commissioners that Mr. Johnson was responsible for the new proposal.
The insurance plan adopted for next year will be partially self-funded. If the city had stayed with the current arrangement, the cost to Soddy Daisy would have been $596,000. The new plan will cost the city $423,000, which is a savings of $173,000. Mr. Johnson “has paid for himself for two years,” said Mr. Stulce.
With out of pocket expenses capped at $2,000 after deductibles, Soddy Daisy will pay $1,500 toward that amount for its employees leaving an individual responsible for only $500. Workers with family plans will save about $100-$225 monthly compared to the old plan. “It’s like a raise for employees with family plans,” said Mr. Johnson. The city pays 100 percent of the premiums for people that have individual coverage.
The city manager reported to the commissioners about the ongoing road work around Harrison Lane near Walmart. He told them new issues have surfaced and that certain things the city had proposed may not ever happen. More information will be available in two weeks.
The Wiser Company that is working with Soddy Daisy on road projects advised the city that federal funding has been delayed 30-45 days. Davidson County and Metro Nashville did not submit proposals in the specified timeframe. Because all federal funding for Tennessee is combined, grants for road work throughout the entire state will be delayed, which means projects will be stalled.
In individual commissioner reports, Gene Shipley announced that Christmas in the Park is planned for Saturday. The forecast is for cold temperatures and windy, but rain is predicted to let up during the time of the celebration. It will take place at Poe’s Tavern Park.
The Christmas Parade held Dec.1 was a great success, said Commissioner Patti Skates. There were over 100 entries, most having several people, said Mayor Janice Cagle. Another Christmas event was announced by Commissioner Jim Adams, who invited the commissioners to the Senior Christmas lunch on Friday, Dec. 20, beginning at 10 a.m.
Vice Mayor Rick Nunley reported that he has been told of citizens' concerns about equipment that looks like cameras at several intersections in the city. He wanted everyone to know that the devices are not cameras recording speed or traffic lights. They are actually sensors that control the traffic signals. The intersections at Sequoyah Road and Dayton Pike and at Sequoyah Road and U.S. 27 near the Tractor Supply Store are locations where these sensors are being used.
With no important business pending, the commissioners voted to cancel the next two commission meetings, one scheduled for Dec. 19 and the following one on Jan. 2. It was decided that if something needing attention comes up, a meeting could be called.
Commissioner Shipley ended the meeting and the year praising all the progress that the city has made in 2013. He cited the multiple street projects that were started and citizen and group participation and cooperation within the city.