The Press Newspaper
The Lake Township trustees are planning to approve a new health insurance package for township employees at their first meeting in December.
The trustees Tuesday received proposals for employee coverage for next year from Don Douglas, a contracted insurance broker, who recommended the township remain with Medical Mutual.
He said there will be an increase of about 3 percent for coverage in 2013 but the benefits will remain the same.
Douglas said a 3 percent increase “is as good as we can get for you.” He said Medical Mutual had initially proposed a 15 percent increase but his company received competitive offers from another company to get Medical Mutual to lower their proposal.
The township employees’ contribution rate is 8.5 percent.
Also, a 3-year contract covering unionized patrol officers in the police department expires at the end of the year.
Andersons closing lamented
The mood of the trustees’ Tuesday meeting turned somber when they began discussing the company’s plan to close its store at the Woodville Mall.
Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said that although the board didn’t like the decision, there was little the trustees could do about it.
Trustee Ron Sims said the township has a lot of land suitable for a retail presence but there weren’t many existing buildings the company would find practical for converting into a store.
A building at the intersection of Woodville and Williston roads where a Steve and Barry’s clothing store had been located is close to the store’s current location, said Mark Hummer, township administrator, but may need too much renovation for The Andersons needs.
“There is not a lot of tax abatement for retail business but we would do whatever we could to get that piece of distressed property for them. If they’re going to maintain a market presence on the East Side we’re all going to be courting them,” he said, alluding to the cities of Oregon and Northwood.
The company’s retail group includes two stores in Columbus, one each in Maumee and Toledo, as well as the Woodville Mall location. A specialty market in Sylvania and a mower center near the Maumee store are also part of the group.
The company announced last month that its retail group had an operating loss of $1.8 million for the third quarter of the year on revenues of $35 million.
For the same period last year, the group’s operating loss was $1.2 million and total revenues were $36 million.
Through the first nine months of 2012, the group recorded a loss of $3.1 million and total revenues of $110 million. Last year through September the group lost $2 million on total revenues of $112 million.