The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors took the following action Tuesday:
▪ The health insurance plan for 8,300 county employees, family members and some retirees will see a 1 percent rate increase in 2016. That’s not a typo. Premium increases that averaged 11.4 percent from 2005 to 2011 prompted the county to create its own health plan in 2012 to remove profit from the equation. After a couple of rough years, assistant executive officer Jody Hayes figured the costs for the self-insured program was $17 million less in 2014 than what it would have cost under the former system.
▪ Approved a design-build and financing plan for a project to replace heating, air and ventilation systems at the Community Services Agency facility on Hackett Road. A 2009 engineering report found the HVAC system for the two-story facility, built in 1994, needed significant repair or replacement, but no action was taken. The rough estimate to replace 11 air-conditioning units, refurbish 400 control boxes and revamp the heating system is $10 million to $11.5 million. About 1,300 employees of the CSA, child support services, Alliance Worknet and health services work in the 252,000-square-foot building, serving 1,200 customers daily. The county plans to finance the costly project but has brought down its debt in recent years by retiring a pension bond and making early payments.
▪ Decided not to create public access with the Santa Fe Avenue at Tuolumne River bridge replacement near Hughson. Providing access was deemed unfeasible due to costs of parking spaces and a walkway, easements and an extended schedule for completing the bridge.