Official: City not on hook for matching grant funds

Official: City not on hook for matching grant funds
By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Last week, it was reported that Union City has been awarded a $300,000 grant to be used for a counseling center, with funding for the $830,849 project to include $530,849 in local funds.
Union City city manager Kathy Dillon clarified the project and the funding issue Tuesday night at the Union City Council meeting.
She said Union City applied for the grant on behalf of Carey Counseling Center, with the center to pay the matching funds.
“The contribution looks like it is coming from us, but there will be no funds from the city,” Ms. Dillon said.
The announcement was made by Gov. Bill Has-lam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hager-ty.
The grant dollars were provided by the U.S. De-partment of Housing and Urban Development and were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assem-bly.
In February, The Messen-ger reported the city was working with Carey Counseling, which provides mental health care services, to apply for the $300,000 grant to help pay for the new building, which will be built at 1409 North Morgan Extended.
The land was purchased by Carey Counseling Center from Union City for $28,000.
After the meeting was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council:
• Approved a resolution authorizing the city clerk to be the credit card holder for the city and setting forth the policy to be followed when a credit card is used.
• Approved new health insurance rates. Ms. Dillon said she had built in a 11 percent increase in the budget for insurance. Mary Nita Bondurant with Westan Insurance Group informed the council BlueCross BlueShield quoted a 10 percent increase, which was decreased to 6.81 percent, but because Union City has been a good customer, it was then lowered to only 4.63 percent for PPO. The high deductible plan will see an 8 percent increase. Mrs. Bondurant said there was no change in the life and vision plans. But she is looking at other dental plans because those rates did go up.
PPO rates increased from $398.97 to $418.54 for employees only. The city pays full coverage on this plan. The employee, plus a spouse, plan went from $837.85 to $878.94, with the employee paying $230.20 per pay period. The employee, plus child/children, plan went from $736.90 to $765.94, with the employee paying $173.70 per pay period. The family plan went from $1,218.46 to $1,270.27, with the employee paying $425.87 per pay period.
Rates on the high deductible plan increased from $298.62 to $322.64 for employees only. The city pays full coverage on this plan. The employee, plus a spouse, plan went from $627.11 to $677.55, with the employee paying $177.46 per pay period. The employee, plus child/children, plan went from $551.55 to $590.43, with the employee paying $133.90 per pay period. The family plan went from $911.99 to $979.21, with the employee paying $328.29 per pay period.
• Canceled the December orientation session.
• Received the Planning Commission minutes. No action was required.
• Discussed a bill from Lowrance for lighting.
• Was informed taxes were paid and up-to-date on the Quail Ridge property before it was placed in the city’s name.
• Was asked if there is anything the city can do about Charter removing the Hallmark channel from the Basic and Expanded Basic cable packages. The city cannot.
• Asked about the speed limit downtown, which is 25 mph, and discussed where those speed limit signs are posted. Police Chief Joe Garner said he will check into it.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by email at dryder@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 11.17.11

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