Aldermen approve insurance renewal

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Ackerman Board of Aldermen recently approved the town’s health insurance renewal with a 13 percent increase.

Debbie Jaudon with Integrity Group, which provides the town’s Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance, was present in the October 2 meeting to discuss changes in the rates. The 13 percent increase will cost the town $52 more per employee per month. She offered ways to reduce the total cost of insurance to the town but after a short discussion the board decided not to change the deductible or anything else. The board approved to renew the health insurance.

The aldermen also discussed several properties in town that need to be cleaned up or the grass cut.

The Board of Aldermen approved: To credit delinquent taxes-real, personal and mobile homes. To credit delinquent Water and Sewer accounts receivable. The limited scope and full scope audit for FY 2011-2012. The Municipal Compliance Questionnaire. To transfer monies from Water and Sewer to the General Fund based on the budget. Approved $400 to be spent for Christmas and the Holiday Open House for the Town Hall. To repair the Public Works department’s Bad Boy Mower for approximately $4,200. Before approving to repair the mower, they discussed with the mayor the costs of a new mower, repair costs and how much the mower was used. To hire Scotty Scott as a part-time police officer for the Ackerman Police Department. To hire Marty McPherson as a volunteer fireman for the Ackerman Fire Department. To recognize Tonya Woods’ Municipal Court Clerk certification.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Ackerman Board of Aldermen is Tuesday, November 6 at 6 p.m. in the board room at Town Hall.