After holding their prior meeting using Zoom (a videoconferencing app) the Madill City Council was back in person at the Fred Stanley Center, Library Room for their May 12 meeting.
The council members in attendance were Travis Williams, Terry Rushing, Bobby Davis and Mary Ann Hale. The fifth council member, Shaunda Stanley, was not present.
Three City of Madill staff members attended the meeting as part of its proceedings: James Fullingim (city manager), Cindy Minor and Cindy Burchfield.
Also, in attendance were Madill Police Chief Donald Yow, Madill Emergency and Manger Donny Raley.
Davis (Place #2) and Williams (Place #3) took the oath of office for their terms.
Hale made a motion on the next agenda item to keep Williams and Davis in their current roles as mayor and vice mayor respectively. The motion was seconded by Rushing. It passed 4-0.
The group then passed the consent agenda before moving on to a set of items related to insurance.
The first insurance related item was to retain BlueCross Blue Shield (BCBS), Delta and Hartford for health, dental and life insurance provided to city employees.
Fullingim presented information to the council about the insurance policies.
“Just so you know, Delta and Hartford stay the same as what we had,” he said. “The cost is zero increase or decrease. The Blue Cross Blue Shield is actually, the plan that we want to go with is going to save us 2.39% annually or $7862.40.”
Fullingim said the changes to the BCBS plan were minimal.
“The deductible is currently $1,500 and it will go up to $1,800 [for individuals],” he said. “For families it’s currently $4,500 and will go up to $5,400.”
Fullingim closed his report by saying the deductibles are going up every year.
“That’s something that if you know much about insurance is happening all over and it’s something that we we’re not in a boat where we have to look at having employees pay a portion of insurance or losing insurance.”
Hale then asked Fullingim to confirm that the amount being taken out of the budget was going down, but the deductibles and co-pays were increasing.
He confirmed this was the case and said all changes he reported were the only ones he was aware of.
Hale then made a motion to renew the three insurance policies. Her motion was seconded by Williams. It passed by a vote of 4-0.
A pair of agenda items related renewal of property and libability insurance with OMAG as well as workers comp. insurance with OMAG were tabled.
“We don’t have that [docu ment] yet,” Fullingim said. “We have a special meeting coming up for the budget. We should jave it by then so you guys can table that tonight.”
William then made a motion to table the discussion.
Both items were tabled following motions by Williams.
Later in the meeting, Raley spoke briefly on an emergency proclamation related to the April 22 tornado the council was considering.
He said the proclamation was a formality in case the City of Madill needed to seek aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Raley added that most of damage was outside of city limits of Madill and the amount of damage to city owned property was limited to $57,000, which was under the threshold needed to qualify for assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. Burchfield verified the $57,000 amount.