FD acts on employee health plan

Non-union employees of Fort Dodge city government will have to begin paying for part of their health insurance coverage next year under a plan approved by the City Council Monday.

Those workers will have to pay 8 percent of their premiums or switch to a new plan with a high deductible and a health savings account. Those provision are equal to the plans included in a new contract with unionized firefighters.

Council Dean Hill cast the lone vote against the proposal, saying he didn’t believe city employees had been fully informed of the change.

In other business the council:

  • Purchased a 2005 Ford pickup from the Region V Hazardous Materials Commission for $20,000.
  • Expanded an enterprise zone in which state tax incentives are offered to include Phillips Middle School, 1015 Fifth Ave. N.
  • Hired Calhoun-Burns & Associates of West Des Moines to inspect city bridges this year.