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Richfield Village approves new insurance plans

12/27/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Richfield Village Council concluded the year by approving contracts for new health insurance coverage for employees.

Mayor Bobbie Beshara said during the Dec. 18 meeting Council unanimously approved a resolution to provide full-time employees medical coverage through Anthem. The plan will save the village 15 percent over its costs this year with Medical Mutual, she added.

Council also approved contracts for dental coverage through Ameritus Dental and life insurance through Anthem, Beshara said.

All contracts are for one year, she added.

Council also unanimously passed the village budget for 2013, as well as a resolution regarding end-of-the-year appropriations.

Also that evening, Council conducted public hearings on a pair of proposed amendments to the zoning code. One is regarding rear-yard setbacks in the R-1 (Residential) district. The other one concerns the Planning and Zoning Commission’s authority to review certain land-use decisions of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

During the meeting, Beshara said Council did approve the rear-yard setbacks piece, but she added the amendment regarding the Planning and Zoning Commission was not ready for a vote.

In addition, Council approved the sale of surplus fire equipment. Beshara said the Richfield Fire Department would sell a 2003 ambulance to Burgess Ambulance Sales for $20,000.

Council also approved:

• an ordinance rezoning property on the north side of West Streetsboro Road, bounded by Robin Hill Lane to the east and Humphrey Road to the west, from R-2 Single-Family Residential District to the R-3 Cluster Residential District;

• a resolution adopting the uniform and clothing allowance for 2013; and

• an ordinance to adopt a schedule of positions, salary rates and wages and to otherwise fix and determine compensation for two positions to amend a previously adopted ordinance. Councilwoman Barbara Lanford voted against the item.

In other business, Beshara said the village-organized Shop With a Cop program took place the previous weekend and was a “big hit” for all involved.

Beshara added the village’s new website was launched last week. The previous site was 10 years old, she said. The website can be accessed at www.richfieldvil lageohio.org.

Richfield Village Council will meet Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. for its organizational meeting. A special Council meeting is set for Jan. 7 (time not available), and Council will meet for its regular monthly meeting Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

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