Nehmer worries COA building, other projects costing too much

July 13, 2017

By John Raffel

Marion’s Jack Nehmer sits on the Osceola County Board of Commissioners and had expressed reservations on the cost being used to build the new Commission on Aging Building.

The facility has opened and Nehmer is looking forward to the grand opening later this month.

Jack Nehmer

Jack Nehmer

“I think it’s a nice building and they did a nice job,” Nehmer said. “My only problem is I still think it was a lot of money. Between the renovation for the jail, this COA building and the two EMS buildings, we’ve spent pretty close in the neighborhood of a million dollars for those four things.

“I wish it could have been done for less money. I thought it was a lot money for what we’re going to get. But at least there will be a facility of their own for the people and they’ll have their own meal site. I think it’s a good thing. I just wish it hadn’t cost so much money.”

The grand opening is 4-7 p.m. on July 18, as decided by the Osceola County Board Commissioners. Refreshments will be served.
The recent meeting for the county commissioners dealt with employers insurance

“We’re trying to keep them where they have the best benefits for the lowest amount of money,” Nehmer said. “That’s what we pretty much spent the whole meeting on.”

The commission voted to implement a third option health plan with the PPO BCBS for the 2017 insurance plans, September 2017 through August 2018 of HRA plan Savings Options.

It would be a 13 percent monthly cost share for nonunion employees and elected officials and would retain the 10/40/80 drug card.

The commission voted to adopt the MDLIVE Behavioral Health Services to replace Teledoe at no additional charge to the county.
Nehmer said the commissioners met with county prosecuting attorney Anthony Badovinac to talk about the medical marijuana issue discussed at the Marion Village Council meeting on July 3. Nehmer indicated time was limited to discuss the issue.
“There was quite a crowd there, around 35 people,” Nehmer said.

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