Disability premiums won’t change in 2013 for Brown County

NEW ULM – Short-Term Disability (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance rates for Brown County employees will remain the same for 2013 as e last year, if approved by Brown County commissioners on Tuesday.

Late last year, Ochs Inc. of St. Paul, the administrator for Brown County STD and LTD, informed Brown County Human Resources that the 2012 carrier, Assurant, would be increasing 2013 rates by 20 percent.

After being told to see if they could find a carrier who would offer the county a plan with the same coverage with less of a cost increase, Ochs Inc. found a carrier, (Madison National), that would match the plan and maintain rates.

Brown County Human Resources Director Mike Furth obtained new plan certificates and carefully reviewed and compared them with the old plan to ensure benefits would not change. After noticing a few discrepancies after review by the county attorney’s office, which Ochs Inc.. changed, Furth seeks authorization to sign joinder agreements and return them to Ochs Inc.

Commissioners will also consider:

Setting a letting date for urban grading, storm sewer, CIR, overlay and aggregate shoulders on CSAH 16 (Old TH 258) from the south county line to TH 14. The highway has many pavement cracks and is in need of rehabilitation.

The plan is being reviewed by the Minnesota State Highway Department. Contractors will bid on most of the construction. County workers will replace traffic signs and mailbox supports.

The highway department recommends the board setting the letting date for 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 10 at the courthouse. The project is anticipated to begin on Monday, May 20 and take 80 working days to complete.

The County Highway Department recommends the board set the same letting date for CSAH 3, 11 & 19 surface rehabilitation projects. CSAH 3 from the south county line to CSAH 23, CSAH 11 from the south county line to CSAH 20, and CSAH 19 from TH 15 to the east county line, are planned for cold in-place recycle and seal coat surface rehabilitation.

The three road segments have many pavement cracks, are 20-22 years old, and are rated poor to very poor. Their design life was 20 years.

The board meeting starts at 9 a.m., Tuesday in the courthouse commissioners room.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at fbusch@nujournal.com).

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