Red Bank Gives Employees Health Plan Option; Tearing Down House That Was Demolished By Tornado

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - by Gail Perry

Red Bank Commissioners at a meeting Tuesday night gave approval for an amendment to the city’s “cafeteria plan” for health care benefits. Employees will now be able to include a flexible spending account and health flexible spending account for dependent care. In addition to health insurance, this allows an employee to pick different benefits that the city offers relating to health care. It has been mandated by Congress as part of the conversion to the new federal health care law.

The cafeteria plan allows an individual to open a flexible savings account to be used for certain medical and dental expenses that traditional insurance does not cover. The money that is invested is tax-free and the accounts are active for 15 months. However, after that time, if not used, the money is lost.

It has been a good thing for employees, Commissioner Rick Causer said, after speaking with employees who have set up and used these accounts.

The devastating tornadoes in 2011 left a tree in the middle of a house at 150B Goodson Ave. The house has never been repaired and has been condemned by the city. After foreclosure, the owner of the property was the Veterans Administration. City Attorney Arnold Stulce told the commissioners that the VA realized the derelict property had lost value and so offered to release it to Red Bank as a quit claim deed. This will allow the city to tear down the structure and re-sell the land thereby getting it back on the tax rolls. The commission voted to accept the donation.

Director of Public Works Tim Thornbury told the commissioners that demolition services had been put out to bid for this house. The low bid to do the work came from Havron Contracting Corporation for the amount of $11,363.63. The commissioners unanimously approved authorizing a contract with this company to perform the work.

Another contract was approved at the meeting which will replace the city’s current information technology provider. The new contract has been awarded to Preferred Computers for IT network maintenance and support services.  It is hoped that the move will result in better service as well as saving money for Red Bank.

Finance Director John Alexander announced that a USA Cycling sanctioned event will take place this coming Saturday at White Oak Park. The series of nine individual races known as “HUB Endurance Chattanooga,” will be from noon-4 p.m. Each race is expected to take 30-45 minutes. This is the first time the event has been held in the city.

gailaperry@comcast.net



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALVEY, SHANA DIANE  7111 TERESA ST BIRCHWOOD, 37308  Age at Arrest: 29 years old Arresting Agency: Collegedale Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- BAKER, JESSICA FAYE  826 NORTH VALLEYWOOD CIRCLE HIXSON, 37343  Age at Arrest: 34 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

1 Person In Critical Condition After Wreck On Jones Gap Road

One person is in critical condition after a wreck on Jones Gap Road. Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies, along with HCEMS and fire personnel, were on the scene of the accident near the 13,300 block of Jones Gap Road. Due to the crash, north and southbound Jones Gap Road was closed between the gas station (at the corner of Jones Gap Road and Highway 111) through to the ... (click for more)

Mayor Invites Civil War II - And Response (17)

I just received an email from the Mayor stating that he filed paperwork to remove the city of Chattanooga as the trustee for the Confederate Cemetery on Third Street. I understand the Mayor's intent was to distance the city from it's racist past and subsequent hate, but I feel like this is an interesting move without much thought of the consequences. The Mayor prefaced his ... (click for more)

Berke Plan To Solve Discrimination Is To Kick Dead Veterans To The Curb

Racism and discrimination is wrong. What is the best way for a parent to teach a child the evils of discrimination? Should the parent demonstrate and repetitively incentivize the proper behavior? Or, would it be more productive to badger the child over and over again for the sins of the child's g-g-g-grandfather who died 150 years ago? Would burning the personal effects of the grandfather ... (click for more)

Unbeaten Boyd-Buchanan Wins Hixson Invitational

The Upperman Bees came to Chattanooga on Saturday, hoping to improve on their second-place finish from a year ago in the Hixson Invitational volleyball tournament. The Bees were again the best in their pool as they defeated teams from Hixson, Grace, McEwen and Notre Dame. They got a note of revenge in the Gold division semifinal with a 25-13, 25-17 win over defending champ ... (click for more)

Baylor Wins Showdown At The Sunsphere Volleyball

The Baylor Lady Red Raider volleyball team got its season off to a great start this weekend by winning eight straight matches and claiming the championship hardware in the Gold division of the Showdown at the Sunsphere tournament in Knoxville. Baylor had wins over King's Academy, Farragut, Heritage, Siegel, Oak Ridge, Brentwood and Hardin Valley with another win over Heritage. ... (click for more)