By JESSIE HORTON
TheFlashToday.com NEWS & SPORTS – FREE & LOCAL
ERATH COUNTY (October 26, 2015) — With an estimated seven inches of rain falling across the county over the weekend and more to come, the Erath County Commissioners did not even discuss reinstating the burn ban during their regular meeting Monday morning.
They did discuss and approve a request from Commissioner Joe Brown (Pct. 3) to repair the culverts that were completely folded in half during the recent heavy rains, and requests from Commissioner Scot Jackson (Pct. 4) to go out for bids for a metal building to house his precinct’s equipment and to purchase (through the normal purchasing process) a gooseneck trailer for hauling equipment.
In other business they approved a number of housekeeping items including several contracts and insurance plans for the county and county employees. Commissioners approved:
• the constant agenda and line-item transfers,
• the service contract for Physio-Control monitors,
• the Stryker contract for the ambulance equipment,
• the Certificate of Resolution and the Adoption of Agreement for Section 125 Premium Only Plan,
• the benefits and rates for the 2016 health insurance (renewed current plan at an 8 percent increase from last year),
• the benefits and rates for the 2016 dental insurance (renewed current plan at a 3 percent increase from last year),
• an additional pay increase (bringing the county to paying 100 percent of the CPI increase for retired employees) for the 2016 Texas County & District Retirement System,
• the contribution rates for the 2016 CountyChoice Silver plan (benefitting retired county employees), and
• a cell phone request for the new Emergency Management Coordinator.