Informational meetings set for new health plan
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Coweta County has a new proposal for changes to health insurance coverage for current employees and retirees, and informational meetings for employees and retirees were discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of the Coweta County Board of Commissioners.
Letters outlining the proposal were sent to current employees on Monday and retirees on Tuesday, said County Administrator Michael Fouts.
The commissioners will likely vote on whether to make the changes at the Aug. 5 county commission meeting.
There will be seven informational sessions for current employees and two for retirees.
The employee sessions will be: July 24 at 2 p.m. in the county commission chambers on Perry Street, July 25 at 9 a.m. in the commission chambers, July 28 at 9 a.m. in the training room at the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, July 28 at 2 p.m. in the commission chambers, July 28 at 4 p.m. at the Powell Expo Center, July 30 at 9 a.m. at Coweta Fire Station 1 and July 30 at 2 p.m. at the Coweta County Fairgrounds.
The retiree sessions will be July 24 at 10 a.m. and July 25 at 2 p.m., in the county commission chambers.
Details on the insurance proposal could not be obtained on Wednesday.
Stan Roughton of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office spoke about the insurance issue during the public comment portion of the meeting.
Roughton said he had not seen the new proposal yet. He wondered why it only seems to be sheriff's office employees who are really concerned about the issue.
When the holiday season comes, “Thanksgiving, Christmas time, New Year’s, y’all keep in mind that there are going to be public servants out there and we will not be with our wives and children and our grandchildren, because we will be out doing what y’all wanted us to do,” he said.
Roughton said he heard that insurance rates were compared to other counties, including Fayette, but deputies in Fayette County “make $5,000 to $10,000 more than we do, across the board,” he said.
“I have seen y’all make good decisions and cast honorable votes,” Roughton said.