Vandalia employees to be offered Health Savings Accounts

VANDALIA — The City of Vandalia will offer employees two health care options in 2016, one of which will include a Health Savings Account (HSA).

That move was one of the items on the Vandalia City Council agenda on Monday evening.

The High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) will be offer employees and the city a savings on their health insurance premiums while shifting more out of pocket expenses to employees and their family.

The city will offset some of that increase with an annual contribution to the employee’s HSA of $750 for single coverage or $1,500 for family or dependent coverage.

The move to the new health plan will be voluntary.

View Monday’s meeting here:

“Vandalia employees will have two options: to remain enrolled in our traditional plan or to move to the new HSA,” wrote Assistant to the City Manager Julie Trick in a memorandum to City Council. “There will be no difference in the benefits offered under either plan – only the premiums, deductibles, and co-pays will differ.”

Council also approved a new computer lease with HP Financial Services via CDW-G for 113 desktops computers, laptops, and tablets for use in daily operations. The 36-month lease will cost $129,352.19 or $45,387.36 annually and includes a $1 buyout at the end of the lease for the equipment.

The Council waived the bidding after reviewing quotes from Hewlett Packard and Dell.

City Manager Jon Crusey noted in his Friday letter that the quote received was below the U.S. General Service Administration and Ohio Cooperative Purchasing Program prices.

The computers being replaced will be re-purposed for continued use which will result in older computers being placed on GovDeals for disposal.

“We get a good 6-7 years of use out of our equipment,” said IT Manager Darren Davey during the Council work session prior to the meeting.

In other action, the City Council:

  • Approved the replacement of the clear well roof at Cassel Hills Golf Course at a cost of $122,318. Click here for story on clear well roof replacement.
  • Waived formal bidding and approved a contract with Midwest Sculpture Initiative to curate and erect a minimum of eight sculptures for the Vandalia Art Park May 2016 through April 2017. The cost of the project is $13,352. Vice Mayor Candice Farst said that the Vandalia Cultural Arts Committee will be seeking grants and donations to offset the cost of the project.
  • Approved the purchase of a Fire Training Simulator for the Division of Fire at a cost of $15,000. The city has been approved for a grant of $15,000 by the Firefighters Support Network to pay for the digital fire training system.
  • Approved the submission of a funding application to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) for the resurfacing of the Airport Access Road within city limits from U.S. 40 south to the Peters Pike Bridge. The cost of the project is estimated at just over $950,000 with the city responsible for $85,000 for engineering in 2017 and $268,376, or 21% of construction costs, in 2018. A funding application for this project was denied in 2014.

During the City Manager’s report, Crusey announced that Beggar’s Night will be held Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 – 8 p.m. and that the annual Lions Club Halloween Parade will be Tuesday, Oct. 27. The parade will form at the Vandalia Sports Complex baseball concession stand at 6 p.m. with marchers stepping off at 6:30 p.m. The parade will conclude in the Vandalia Recreation Center gymnasium.

The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Vandalia Municipal Building. Prior to the meeting, a work session will be held in the conference room at the Municipal Building at a time to be announced.

Council will also hold a retreat, or extended discussion, on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. at the Cassel Hills Golf Course clubhouse. The retreat will review golf operations, the golf maintenance budget, and bicycle integration in the city.

All meetings are open to the public.

Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer presided over the City Council meeting on Monday. Mayor Arlene Setzer presided over the City Council meeting on Monday. City of Vandalia photo

By Darrell Wacker


Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.