Reynoldsburg City Council approved two fund transfers last week, one to pay the salary of a network administrator through the end of the year and one to renew the city's health insurance coverage.
Mayor Brad McCloud proposed moving money from the development department to the computer department accounts to pay for a short-term contract with Roger Morse, who began working Nov. 19 as the city's network administrator.
Sandra Boller, assistant to the mayor, said the original $14,000 request was based on hiring Morse on Nov. 1, but he was not hired until council approved the transfer of funds at its Nov. 13 meeting. McCloud said Morse is needed in the IT department, since the city had "limped along" with only one full-time person, IT Director Scott Teeters.
In a related matter, council members are considering a contract to redesign and host the city's website, for a payment of just under $30,000 to AFS Web (At First Site Inc), with monthly support fees of $560 for two years.
Council heard a second reading of an ordinance to allow the contract with AFS during the meeting on Nov. 13.
AFS has designed websites for other area cities and school districts, including the city of Gahanna at gahanna.gov and the city of Delaware at delawareohio.net.
Also last week, council members approved emergency legislation to renew Reynoldsburg's health insurance policy with Aetna Insurance. Boller said Aetna presented a contribution analysis to the city, but the actual rate has not yet been established.
"The chart gives potential rates, based upon contribution levels for employees if they select single or family coverage on a monthly basis," she said.
The overall annual city contribution for the 2013 renewal would range from $1.89 million to $1.94 million, depending on which rate is established, Boller said.
Under the current Aetna rates, the city pays a total of $1.89 million for health insurance.
Employees would pay monthly contributions under the new policy ranging from $61.76 to $77.20 for single coverage and $165 to $208.44 for family coverage.
Under the renewal, the deductible would be $2,000 for single coverage and $4,000 for family coverage.