LISBON - The Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities acted on several personnel and personnel-related matters during its recent meeting.
First, the board approved new employment contracts for Pam Elkins and and Carrie Lawton reflecting revised job descriptions. Elkins is an MUI support specialist, while Lawton serves as quality assurance manager and habilitation manager.
BDD Director Bill Devon said both perform combined jobs and in the past were given stipends for their additional duties. The stipends were eliminated as part of the new job descriptions, and Elkins will now be paid $44,791 under a contract that expires September 2017. Lawton's salary is $57,988 under a contract that runs until September 2016.
Later in the meeting, the board voted to rehire Jacob Lawton to his old job as production manager at Beaver Creek Candle Co., one of the BDD's client business enterprises. Devon said Lawton quit nine weeks ago to take another job but changed his mind and decided he wanted to come back. He was rehired at his old salary of $54,389.
The board also voted to retain Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield as its employee health insurance carrier, with a 5.9 percent rate increase. Devon said this will raise the insurance premiums to $1,290 per month for family coverage and $702 for single coverage.
The 140 employees share in the cost of monthly premiums, depending on the union agreement, with some paying a flat 10 percent. Devon said others pay $90 per month for family and $45 for single. His goal is for all employees to eventually pay 10 percent of their monthly premiums.
The rate hike will result in a net increased cost of $100,356 to the BDD.
Finally, the board switched to a company by the name of The Village Network to provide residential placement services for at-risk children clients. Devon said the company they had been using charged $405 per day, while the fee for The Village Network is $254.
In addition to the savings, Devon said the new contractor has a home in the county, whereas the closest home before was in Zanesville, making it much more convenient for parents to visit their children placed in residential care.