GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission moved forward with updates to the county nuisance policy, and the establishment of a codes court during its regular meeting Friday.
County Zoning Administrator Troy Graham presented the commission with a finalized copy the updated nuisance policy, on which he worked with County Counselor Jim Emerson. The update added language to make the policies enforceable through a codes court once the county has officially created one.
Changes to the policy included lowering the number of inoperable vehicles allowed at a property from nine to three. Inoperable vehicles are defined as vehicles that cannot be started or driven.
“The basic rule of thumb is gas and battery,” Graham said. “If you can throw gas and a battery in the vehicle and drive it, it does not count as one of the three inoperable vehicles.”
The updated policy also removed the appeal process. Emerson said with the establishment of a codes court, the appeal process for codes violations will no longer be necessary.
“If people are upset, they are going to come to the meeting and talk to the commission anyway,” Emerson said. “And once a codes court is put in place, they can plead their case there.”
The commission approved a resolution to publish the updates to the nuisance laws.
The commission also further discussed health insurance. Next Generation Insurance Owner Zac Dickey attended the meeting to remind the commission that Next Generation can offer consulting services to the county for employee benefits. The company manages health insurance for local businesses.
The county currently employs IMA Consulting, which has worked with the county to build its new employee benefits plan, however, the county ran into a few hiccups during the process.
“I’m comfortable saying I’m not sure we got our money’s worth out of IMA,” Commissioner Tom Moody said. “Insurance is done for this year, but I’m not sure we got our money’s worth.”
Commissioner Carl Wood asked what Next Generation can do for the county that IMA didn’t.
Dickey said consultants should provide monthly claims reviews to look over claims and see where money can be saved for the county, such as if employees can get medication cheaper. He said Next Generation would provide this service.
“Some months there won’t be anything, but there will be times when you can catch something that will save you money,” Dickey said.
Dickey also encouraged the county to use telehealth services, saying anything that can help save money should be explored.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.