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WEIRTON — The Weirton council, meeting regularly Monday, approved proposals to provide health, dental and life insurance coverage to eligible employees while also authorizing a pay increase for city employees.

The Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance program is expected to cost $3.186 million, an increase from the $2.9 million the same plan cost the city this year.

Officials noted Monday that the original bid had been shelved for a larger price increase.

“Staff worked it down from a 12% increase to about 2%,” Ward 3 councilor Fred Marsh explained it.

City Manager Mike Adams said the city had been negotiating the plan with Nathan Mazur of USI Insurance Services, noting the importance of being able to provide health insurance coverage to city employees.

“Health insurance is an important performance and recruitment tool”, said Adams.

Adams previously said during last week’s finance committee meeting that the plan’s awards and benefits would remain the same, with deductibles increasing to either $6,000 or $12,000, depending on the plan.

To support these increases, the plan includes a “GAP” Plan by Beazley/Globe.

The plan takes effect on January 1st at 00:00 and lasts until December 31st, 2023.

Dental insurance benefits are provided through Highmark Blue Edge for the same period, with the city paying half the premium and the employee paying half. Currently, 174 employees are enrolled in the city’s dental insurance.

Life insurance will also be offered by American United Life Insurance Co. for one year beginning January 1 at a monthly premium of $0.28 per $1,000 per month for basic life insurance and $0.03 per $1,000 per month for accidental death and personal injury.

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The unanimously approved salary adjustment totals $1,500 for full-time employees and $750 for part-time employees, payable in two payments on December 23 and January 6.

The adjustments go to all eligible public security and general fund employees, including those on the city’s autonomous bodies.

On other matters, the Weirton Council approved on Monday:

A resolution to allocate $5,000 to the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center

An ordinance eliminating a dedicated handicap parking space at 171 Denese Drive

A resolution to repair valves and actuators for the Public Works Building spray booth at a cost of $12,643.

The reappointment of Matthew Provenzano and Nathan Mazur to the Weirton Planning Commission

The reappointment of Douglas Branham and Jan Hicks to the Weirton Traffic Commission and the appointment of John Castelli to the Traffic Commission

The reappointment of Mark Rice to the Zoning Board of Appeals and the appointment of Michael Ballato to the Zoning Board.

(Howell can be contacted at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @CHowellWDT.)

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