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Council discusses employee insurance

Health insurance topped the agenda of the regular meeting of the Greenville City Council held Monday night, when the council approved a resolution to amend resolution 2001-12 regarding medical insurance coverage for City of Greenville retirees.

"What happens to so many of our employees is they can retire at an earlier age, but it will cost them an arm and a leg to get insurance," said Mayor Dexter McLendon. "The policy we have in place now is basically worded differently than our intent."

The policy now in place for city retirees states that the city would pay for supplemental insurance after the age of 65. However, the intent of the council was to pay for a retirees insurance until the age of 65, when Medicare takes over.

"This is basically going to save our retirees some money as well as the city," said McLendon. "We just appreciate these employees who have worked so hard for the City of Greenville for so many years."

In other news, the council also:

passed a resolution to file an application for FEMA assistancce from the Nov. 24-

25 tornadoes;

approved an expenditure of $1,440.90 to Sweetsoft Software, Inc., for a Medicare ECM Computer Module for the Greenville Fire Department's direct filing of claims.

The next regular meeting of the council will be Jan. 14.