Thursday, February 4, 2010
Utilities top agenda
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs mayor and board of aldermen worked through a light agenda January 19.
City leaders will begin interviewing applicants for the Holly Springs Utility Department’s general manager position beginning early February.
Public works director Don Hollingsworth announced a decrease in the electricity rates beginning the month of February. The Tennessee Valley Authority has rolled back the rate it charges its customers and this month residential customers will see a 0.8208 percent rate decrease. General power customers will see a 0.7062 percent decrease.
The utility department was authorized to hire two Rust College students as interns to help with a backlog of documents that need to be scanned and stored on computer disks.
Hollingsworth was given board approval to advertise old water heaters and space heaters that have been removed from homes during the switch-over from propane to natural gas. The heaters are adjusted for natural gas when possible, but when not, they are replaced, he said.
The board approved renewal of the city’s health insurance policy with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and authorized retaining Craft and Wynne Insurance as agent of record for the upcoming year. The city saw a 15 percent premium rate increase per employee this year because of illness in the city’s workforce.
Agent Grace Bonds said the amount of claims overran the amount the city pays in insurance premiums, necessitating the rate increase.
“The benefits are wonderful and, actually, the premiums are very good, too,” she said while discussing the rate increase with the mayor.
The city has been paying close to $400,000 a year in employee premiums for health insurance, mayor DeBerry said.
In other business, the board of aldermen:
• named Amery Ewing Moore interim public defender for the city. The pubic defender provides council for indigent felony defendants.
• reappointed Wonzo Hayes to the Planning Commission.
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