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Council to pay bulk of 20-percent
insurance increase for employees

by Dolores Hamilton
Health insurance for city employees will increase an average of 20 percent beginning July 1, and Monday night the Iowa Park City Council agreed to pay the bulk of the increase for another year.
Total increase for the 2018-2019 year is $87,825.84. The city will pay $84,720 of the increase and employees will pick up the remainder.
A new and revised 5-year contract between the City of Iowa Park, Wichita County, Sheppard Air Force Base, the cities of Burkburnett and Wichita Falls and American Medical Response Ambulance Service (AMR) for emergency ambulance services was approved.
The new contract allows AMR to set prices, using fair market rates, and requires the ambulance service to pay franchise fees to the cities. Also included is a restocking agreement that says AMR will replenish materials that are close to expiring for rural fire departments and EMS.
Council approved sending out a request for proposals from qualified water safety providers to offer swim lessons at the Municipal Swimming Pool and Spray Park. Sealed proposals will be accepted at city hall, in the office of the City Secretary until 2 p.m. May 2. Proposals must be submitted in a sealed envelope labeled “Swim Lessons.”
A copy of the request for proposal (RFP) can be obtained by contacting city hall at 103 N. Wall in Iowa Park, by telephone at 940-592-2131, or by e-mail at JNewman@Iowa
A request to authorize payment to Gilmore, Inc. for the repair of the 1000 Volvo haul truck was tabled pending additional information.
A resolution was passed finding that Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC’s application for approval of a distribution cost recovery factor to increase distribution rates within the city should be denied; finding that the city’s reasonable rate case expenses shall be reimbursed by the company; and finding that the meeting at which this resolution is passed is open to the public as required by law;requiring notice of this resolution to the company and legal counsel.
Council approved a request from the Chamber of Commerce to close a portion of North Jackson Street and to allow the use of city-owned property and equipment for the ParkFest event to be held on Saturday, May 19, at Oscar Park.
Also approved was a request from city staff to use public right-of-way and city-owned property and equipment for a Taillights and Tailgates Cruise and to conduct a burn-out event in the 800 block of North Fourth and the 800 block of West Texas Streets to be held Saturday, May 19.