The Barry County Commission’s committee of the whole Tuesday voted to recommend approval of the Barry County Healthcare Cost Containment Committee’s recommendations for renewal of health care choices for county employees and to keep the five health plans through Priority Health.
Deputy Administrator Luella Dennison said that for single coverage, the county would pay $6,344.80; for two person coverage; $13, 268.93 and for family coverage, $17,304.02 and employees would pay the remaining cost for health plans exceeding the caps.
Dennison said Priority Health’s increases in premiums for individual plans ranged from 6.77 percent to 13.29 percent. The county’s contributions have increased 3.3 percent, as allowed by state law.
The committee also recommended:
* setting a public hearing Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. on a state grant for homebuyer purchase grants and allow Marilyn Smith to submit a proposal to Michigan State Housing Development Authority for grants for Barry County residents for homeowner rehabilitation and/or home buying, and adopt a Fair Housing Resolution.
* approving a grant agreement for $10,000 from the 27oh Company to the Animal Shelter to fund a trap, neuter and release (TNR) program to reduce the number of free roaming cats in the county. TNR grants have spayed 2,000 cats in the county so far. This year’s grant will pay for spaying cats in the middle section of Barry County.
* approving court specialty programs and signing grant contracts for the adult drug court, 56B District sobriety court, and Swift & Sure Sanctions probation programs.
* approving Lockshore Dairy’s application to enter the Agriculture Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program (PA16) in sections 32 and 33 in Barry Township.
* approving the Parks and Recreation Board awards of $1,000 grants to the City of Hastings, Thornapple Kellogg Schools, Orangeville Township and the Village of Woodland, and $500 grants to Thornapple Township and the Prairieville Parks and Recreation Commission.