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Brazoria County
Pearland City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pearland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve renewal rates for employee insurance with various vendors.

Among the insurance plans, medical coverage was awarded to Aetna, which proposed a partial self-insurance plan for a total of $4.476 million. Dental coverage was awarded to Sun Life at $242,494.  The total cost, $4.82 million, included the city's share and employee's shares of the cost.

"Healthcare reform and the increasing cost of healthcare have played out at the national level for the past two years," Human Resources Director Bonita Hall said.  "The reform alters the market, impacting aspect of employer-sponsored insurance, from eligibility to levels of benefits. While we have no control over the implementation of the elements of Healthcare Reform, there are some things within our control, namely how we approach healthcare in the future. Controlling the costs of healthcare goes beyond adjusting co-pays and deductibles, as this treats short-term elements but not the long term issues. Cost shifting is not cost controlling.  Control will be gained through effectively monitoring plan performance, developing a strong commitment to wellness and creating educated healthcare consumers."

The city council voted to approve a resolution nominating Third Coast Packaging, Inc. as a project under the Texas Enterprise Zone Act.

The city council voted to award a bid for road striping services to Texas Lone Star Pavement Services, Inc. Texas Lone Star Pavement Services provided the only bid on the contract. 

According to City Manager Bill Eisen, Lone Star's rates compared "very favorably with the prior contract pricing".

The city council voted to direct staff to move forward regarding the acquisition of real estate property.  The item was discussed during an executive session.

The city council voted to renew a contract with Wells Fargo for bank depository services.  The city originally approved a three-year agreement with Wells Fargo in September 2007.  The agreement included two, one-year option periods for extending the contract. 

"The bank has provided excellent services over the last three years and worked with staff in implementing much of the e-technology that we use today," Eisen said.

All items were approved, except no action was taken on an executive session item regarding economic development incentives for the city.  All votes were unanimous with Council Member Steve Saboe absent.  Agenda

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