Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 5, 2013

Council OKs city benefits

Most elected officials will have to pay own premiums

By Dr. Don Newbury
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Corsicana City Council voted to pay for health insurance for the municipal judge when the group met in regular session Tuesday. However, any other elected officials who want to participate in the city’s health insurance plan will have to pay the approximately $500 a month premium out of his or her own pocket.

“I agree with offering the insurance (to elected officials) but I disagree with the city paying for it,” said Precinct 1 Councilman Tom Wilson, who put forward the motion.

In addition, the city voted to allow city employees who have retired to partake in another insurance plan that’s specifically designed for those who aren’t yet 65, but who have retired from the city. Those employees are responsible for their own premiums, as well.

In other business, the council voted to give a slight variance to the American RV Park on its fencing requirement. The business on West Highway 31 will have to put a privacy fence on the backside of the property where it faces Park Row, but it won’t have to put up a fence along the highway side.

Faith Holt spoke during the public forum portion of the meeting, to point out that she was being ticketed for trash on a lot on G.W. Jackson Avenue. She told the council she doesn’t own the lot, and so she shouldn’t be penalized for the trash.

Also speaking during the public forum was Justin Valdez, who asked the council to consider investing in a city-wide Internet system, which would be an attraction for relocating businesses to the city.

The council met in executive session for about 45 minutes, but did not take any action after returning to open session.



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