NP selects dental plan for workers

By Kelsey Kimbler -

NEW PARIS — New Paris Village Council had to make a decision on new dental insurance to offer employees during a meeting on Monday, Dec. 4. The village’s current insurance was terminated due to low enrollment — there are only two employees on the village’s dental plan, neither of whom have children or dependents.

Council discussed different plans from Public Entities Pool of Ohio, where they had previously moved their health insurance. Employees pay 15 percent and the village will pay the rest.

“The biggest difference you will see in the plans is the orthodontics age limit is 19, but we don’t have anybody who would need orthodontics for 19 or younger,” Fiscal Officer Amanda Davies said. Plan D and E excludes orthodontics completely, so the council focused on discussing those two.

Davies added, “The premiums are slightly lower. As of the people who are now covered with dental are individuals well over the age of 19. The max out of pocket for plan D is slightly higher, as is the premium. The biggest thing I noticed was the orthodontics.”

Council voted to offer Plan D to their two employees currently receiving dental through the village.

Council also approved a renewal on the misdemeanor contract for 2018 and 2019. This is similar to the one that is currently in effect for the Preble County Prosecutor’s Office. It will cost $3,600 each year. The agreement will become effective on Jan. 1, 2018.

As for a property maintenance ordinance council members Kathy Smallwood and Mary Jane Thomas have been working to revise, the village solicitor wishes to look over the current ordinance before any changes are made. Smallwood suggested to wait until January to meet on the issue, as new committees will be realigned.

In other news:

•Leaf pickup is officially finished for the village.

•Council approved their temporary tax budget.

•In November the New Paris Police Department had: 95 calls for service, took 15 reports, had three arrests, issued 7 citations, and issued 20 warrants issued.

The next New Paris Village Council meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. in the village building.

By Kelsey Kimbler

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH