Perry Township trustees discuss insurance waiting period

PERRY TOWNSHIP–New township employees won’t have to wait as long for medical and dental insurance coverage to kick in, after trustees agreed to decrease the wait period from 90 days down to 30 days.

The decision was made Monday after Trustee Jim Armeni raised the issue, saying he wasn’t aware of the 90-day wait for coverage until a new police officer was hired recently.

“That doesn’t seem reasonable,” he said, adding he thought it should be 30 days or immediate. “I think we need to take a look at it.”

Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix commented that 90 days is the industry standard, but Armeni could make a suggestion as to what to do.

“I think 90 days is too long,” Trustee Don Rudibaugh said.

Rudibaught questioned how long that was in effect, noting that he didn’t realize he had to wait when he went on the insurance. Fiscal Officer Susan Johnston said it was like that before she ever got there. Columbiana County has a 60-day waiting period from the time of hire to when the insurance kicks in. She said the new officer knew that going in or should have known about the 90 days. Mix added that he could have his old insurance continue until the new one takes effect.

Johnston asked if they wanted to change it now or wait until the policy manual is updated. Armeni moved to send a letter to Anthem to amend the health care policy to a 30-day waiting period effective April 1, with Rudibaugh giving the motion a second. They also added the dental through Guardian, since it also had a 90-day waiting period, moving it to 30 days.

The vote was 2-0 to approve the change, with Mix abstaining.

In other business, the dates for the township cleanup were announced. The cleanup will begin on the north side the week of April 16, then move to the south side the week of April 23. State Street is the dividing line between north and south. Nothing with freon will be accepted and no televisions, computers or computer monitors are allowed. No garbage is allowed, either. Furniture, such as old lawn chairs, can be put out. Any branches must be bundled separately and tires must be off the rims. Only car or small truck tires will be accepted and will be picked up separately.

The township also will take part with the city of Salem in a large appliance and furniture dropoff on May 11 and 12 in the municipal lot off of Pershing and Lundy. No televisions, computers or computer monitors will be accepted, but items with freon will be allowed.

Trustees made no decision regarding a zoning change recommended by the township zoning board, which held a hearing March 3 for a request by Joe and Kim Colian for a property at 1240 state Route 9. They want it changed from residential to agricultural because they have children who want to do 4-H. They bought the property next to their property and it has a barn they plan to renovate and possibly put a pasture in the back.

Armeni said he wanted to get a little more information on the request.

The next trustee meeting will be 6:30 p.m. March 26.