The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in an emergency meeting on October 13, 1998, at 5:30 p.m., in the County Commissioner's meeting room, located in the Gilchrist County Courthouse, 112 South Main Street, Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:
Jimmie Sheffield, Chair
Sue B. Suggs
Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Circuit Court, Sam Ferguson, Finance Director, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, Sue Kelman, Blue Cross Blue Shield,
Mr. Gilliam advised the Board that the emergency meeting was called to discuss a change in the insurance rates. Nearly all the employees have been enrolled for Blue Cross Blue Shield and the selection of the coverages by the employees have resulted in a rate increase. It is Mr. Gilliam's recommendation for the Board to pay the additional increase, a total of $1999.66 per month. The Board had previously agreed to pay an additional premium on behalf of the employees of up to $1000. However, after the employees enrolled, the total increase in premium is $1999.66. This is a result of 50% of the employees enrolling in the C-1 plan, which is the most expensive plan, with the best benefits. The Clerk stated that he met with the constitutional officers and they are willing to bear a portion of the increase in monthly premium, providing that the Board can pay $1000 per month. They have determined their share of the increase based on the number of employees in their department. They are willing to contribute to the increase this year only since the Board has agreed to return their carry-overs. Commissioner Durden made a motion to accept the constitutional officer's offer of paying a portion of the increase, with the Board paying $1000 of the monthly increase, and to establish a committee to review insurance coverages and premiums earlier for next year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved.
Commissioner Durden made a motion to authorize the chair to sign the contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved.
Commissioner Suggs made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved.
JIMMIE SHEFFIELD, CHAIR
JOSEPH W. GILLIAM, CLERK