County employees to see a little relief in insurance costs
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
Franklin County employees are finally receiving some good news on the cost of health insurance.
Chris Whitlow, assistant county administrator, told the board of supervisors last week that a proposal presented by Anthem will mean a decrease in the cost of insurance for county employees, from $7.24 a month (employee only with $30 copay and $1,000 deductible) to as much as $20.15 a month (employee only with $25 copay and $500 deductible).
The county has been working with its consultants, Wells Fargo Insurance, since last year to negotiate a better deal for employees for the coming year.
Several insurance companies presented proposals, but Anthem's had the lowest cost, Whitlow said.
Town to improve fire flow to local elementary school
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Rocky Mount Town Council has approved the funding to replace a 6-inch water line serving Lee Waid Elementary School to improve hydrant flow.
During routine hydrant testing in August, the town's water department staff determined that the water flow at two hydrants near Lee Waid did not meet the town's standards, according to Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins.
The water department staff temporarily "bagged" two hydrants, covering them with plastic. The covers do not prevent firefighters from using the hydrants for water supply, but alerts them to use other nearby hydrants in the event they need more water.