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Silver Bay employees to get new health insurance

The Silver Bay City Council approved a new health insurance plan for city employees. The premiums for the city's former health insurance plan was going to be unaffordable for 2018, with premiums rising around $200 a month for single coverage and more than $500 for families.

The city's health insurance team met to research new plans and provided a few options for city employees to vote for their preference. The employees chose a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota plan with a single person deductible of $2,700 and $5,400 for families.

The new plan is compatible with health savings accounts, which will allow employees to put money away in a pre-tax account to use to pay the higher deductible and other medical expenses.

Also at the meeting, the council received an update on the Horn Boulevard project near William Kelley Schools.

The water and sewer infrastructure updates beneath the street are complete and the closing date for Ulland Brothers, the contractor completing the street reconstruction, was supposed to be Monday, but rain has delayed the work. The project is still on track for to be completed later this month, but weather delays could continue to make the work take longer than originally expected.