Washington County employees could reap the benefits of short-term disability insurance in the near future, as county officials listened to a pitch to adopt a county-wide plan on Monday.
John Reed of Aflac Insurance presented magistrates with plans earlier this week, including one that would begin paying a disabled employee 14 days after their accident. A pay scale of $20,000 per year was used as an example -- though the county could adjust that number later -- and Reed informed the court that disabled employees would be able to claim $1,000 per month over six months.
The cost to the county would be $192.90 per week or $10,030.80 per year.
Other options that the court is considering include voluntary options, where the county could offer plans to employees, who would cover the fees themselves.
While county officials have not yet ruled on the next course of action, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said this could be a good opportunity for Washington County.
“This got my attention because it is a relatively new product that no one has offered up to this point,” he said. “We’re always looking for any advantage that will benefit our employees without costing them and us a whole lot of money. Sadly, we have had some disabilities of late.”
The court agreed to the installation of a new 16-foot gate at the county barn. Settles said the gate will be constructed far enough away from the highway that county vehicles will be able to easily get out of traffic to access the gate.
With two county employees expected to miss work for extended periods of time, the county agreed to hire Jared Russell as a seasonal employee on an intermittent basis on Monday. Washington County Road Supervisor Dale Mann said Russell is being trained to potentially help with snow plowing once the winter weather approaches.
Finally, the court accepted Krista Thompson and Ann Riggs for appointment to the Washington County extension district board.
All magistrates were in attendance.
The next regular scheduled meeting is Dec. 28 at 9 a.m.