Commissioners renew health insurance

Friday, April 19, 2019

McCOOK, Neb. — At their meeting Monday morning, Red Willow County commissioners agreed to renew the county employees' existing health insurance coverage with Northwestern Mutual as broker, RCI as third party administrator and claims processor, and American National as insurance carrier.

Commissioners decided to continue its self-insured program because of its built-in flexibility to make changes.

County employees had a good claims year in 2018-2019, "except for one $28,000 helicopter ride," according to Brad Swiggart, a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual. Commissioner Steve Downer said, "We're sitting way better than we have before." The county has never hit the maximum cost on claims liabilities.

The claims year closes in June.

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Downer urged commissioners to repair the five miles of the "lake road" from Highway 6&34 north to Harry Strunk Lake west of Cambridge in its summer 2019 armor coat schedule. He has said at earlier meetings that the road is crumbling badly and needs attention from Highway 6&34 north toward Frontier County.

The road was last worked on extensively in 2010.

Other AC roads that are on the commissioners' target list for this summer are west of Orscheln's and south toward C&K Distributors and Highway 6&34; the two miles of armor coating starting at the old District 8 schoolhouse southwest of McCook; Ravenswood Road; and north of McCook's West Third Street.

Tyson Bardsley, the county's roads superintendent, has figured the 2019 summer projects will cost about $15,333 per mile, compared to $14,772 per mile in 2018.

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Commissioners declared as "surplus" these items from the inventory of the county's household hazardous waste program: 24-foot Wells cargo trailer, 2001 Honda Rancher ATV, four containment storage tanks, 14-foot homemade car trailer and a pallet jack.

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