12/1/2017 2:39:00 PM Health insurance rate positive news for village Police planning bean dinner for downtown event
Rick McNelly (standing, center) of Peoples Insurance speaks at the Nov. 15 McArthur Village Council meeting about the village health insurance rates. Pictured are (from the left): Mayor Kim Wortman, Solicitor Troy Howdyshell, McNelly, and Fiscal Officer Janie Fannin. (Telegram Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)
The McArthur Village Council receive some good news from Rick McNelly of Peoples Insurance concerning their 2018 premiums.
During council's monthly meeting of Wednesday night, Nov. 15, McNelly stated the village had obtained a good rate for health insurance coverage as the village only saw an increase of $128 per month from its current provider, Ohio Medical Mutual.
McNelly stated the village did very well in what is currently a volatile insurance market. He stated the market is ever-changing with the most recent one being the cut in federal subsidies put in place when the American Affordable Care Act was passed. He stated Peoples will do the best it can for the village and Mayor Kim Wortman, along with the council members, thanked him for the company's work.
"This is always an issue that affects our budget and is a concern to us," said Wortman. "This is a really nice Christmas present for us." McNelly stated he would assess the market next year and see if the policy should be renewed or shopped. Of course, the broker stated McArthur is like many small communities and finding good and affordable policies is always a difficult task.
In other news from the council meeting, councilmen learned the McArthur Police Department is going to sponsor a bean and cornbread dinner at the McArthur Fireman Bingo Hall. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 as part of the Christmas in Downtown Celebration.
Police Chief Matt Kight and Officer Rob Ratliff reported the event will be free, but there will be a box for donations. Ratliff stated the goal is to show people the police department does far more than just arrest criminals. He also wants to show people that police officers are a good community resource and he hopes parents will tell their children not to be afraid of police officers.
Mayor Wortman also wanted to invite people from around the area to come to the pre-Christmas celebration as it has become a red-letter day in the village. The event is sponsored by the Vinton County Chamber of Commerce and is a de facto Black Friday for merchants.