PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Marion County Commission learned Monday that the county's employee health insurance costs will remain unchanged in 2018.
The commission unanimously approved a partly self-funded health insurance policy through Group Benefit Services Inc. of Springfield, Mo. The county's premiums will total $1.648 million, essentially the same as this year.
"We were very pleased about that," Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode said.
The county moved to a partly self-funded health insurance system several years ago, and "it's worked out good," Bode said.
The county, however, will be facing higher costs for workers' compensation insurance. Bode said the county's premiums through the Missouri Association of Counties will be rising by $8,000, to $151,000, in 2018.
The commission also authorized spending $6,000 to help finance the demolition of two dilapidated properties on Ely Street in the southern section of Hannibal. Both properties are on the county's tax delinquent list and are in bad condition.
Bode said the commission is still working out details of a contract with MECO Engineering to design a replacement for the former state highway bridge that crosses the North Fabius River near Taylor. The bridge on County Road 313 was closed Nov. 8 for safety reasons.
The commission voted last week to expedite the replacement of the bridge and agreed to hire MECO to design a new bridge, which is expected to cost an estimated $1 million.
Meanwhile, the commission is slated to open bids Monday for a new bridge over Bear Creek along County Road 423 west of Hannibal at Withers Mill.
Bode said he expects the commission to take at least a week to study the bids before a contract is awarded.