Commission Board Meeting on Mon, April 22, 2002 - 9:00 AM

Meeting Information


Chairman McElhaney called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M on Monday, April 22, 2002. All members were present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Jones made a motion to approve the minutes of November 9, November 14, and December 10, 2001. Johnson seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Johnson made a motion to approve the following Consent Agenda:

  • Approve Resolution No. 02-11 granting a beer license to Linda Steele.

Jones seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

INSURANCE 04-22-02
The Board considered changes to the 2002-2003 health insurance plan. Pam Madl, Director of Administrative Services, was present for the discussion. During the 2002 budget session, the Board recommended (and it was budgeted) that beginning on June 1 all employees would pay an additional $25.00 out-of-pocket toward their premium payment. This means that employees who carry individual coverage will now pay a $25.00 monthly premium ($12.50 per paycheck) for health insurance. Because the Health Insurance Committee recognizes the growing costs of medical and pharmacy coverages, they endorsed this recom mendation. Additionally, the committee recommends that the Board approve a separate plan for retiree coverage. These recommendations come to the Board following a review of retiree plan utilization and of other plans available to retirees. This recommended plan would be similar to the employee plan, but with the following differences:

Pharmacy co-pays:

Employee Plan

Retiree Plan

Brand Name






Premiums (15% increase for retirees):

Total Premium

Employee Portion

Retiree Portion

Retiree Monthly Increase

Retiree Only





Retiree +1










The following table explains the additional monthly and annual out-of-pocket expenses for retires:

Additional Monthly Out-of-Pocket

Additional Annual Out-of-Pocket

Retiree Only



Retiree +1






McElhaney expressed concern for increased out-of-pocket expenses for the retirees since they are on a fixed income. Jones made a motion to approve the Health Insurance Plan as recommended; seconded by Johnson and carried. McElhaney voted nay due to his concern for the increase for the retirees.

Johnson made a motion to appoint Jane Bireta, 2010 E 1600 Road, Lawrence, KS, to the Douglas County Fair Board to represent Grant Township. It should be noted that Ms. Bireta replaces Steve Miles who resigned due to relocation.

Johnson made a motion to authorize accounts payable in the amount of $318,697.94 to be paid 4/22/02; accounts payable manual checks in the amount of $2,558.14; payroll in the amount of $535,621.18; and electronic funds trans fers in the amounts of $32,528.65 for KPERS and $39,918.63 for FICA to be paid 4/19/02. Jones seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

McElhaney made a motion for adjournment. Jones seconded and motion carried unanimously.

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Jere McElhaney, Chairman                   Bob Johnson, Member


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Patty Jaimes, County Clerk                  Charles Jones, Member


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1100 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044, USA