Commissioners Special Meeting

Commission Chairman Steven E. Joy called the special meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners to order at 11:10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, in the conference room of the county courthouse located in Ellsworth Maine with Commissioners Lawson and Brown in attendance.

Meritain Health representatives Malcolm Ulmer, Andrew Feingold and Derek Odell were present to discuss the current operation of the health plan, the proposed renewal for 2012, and a few proposed changes and/or enhancements to the health plan that they would like the commissioners to consider implementing in 2012.  Proposed changes include changing the health plan's network to Aetna at an approximate savings of between $100,000 and $115,000.  This change is expected to provide a greater percentage of in-network providers and larger percentage discounts than the health plan is currently receiving.  Decreasing mail order co-pays was suggested.  Commissioner Joy stated that he has been discussing a Wellness Program with Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and asked if this was redundant while working with Aetna.  Commissioner Brown expressed his concerns with streamlining the plan and making it less expensive.  Mr. Feingold suggested changing the cost of co-pays to $20-$25 for office visits and $300 for hospital visits and changing emergency room co-pays.  Commissioner Joy stated that a good Wellness Program will reduce health costs.  It was agreed that a Wellness Program is money well spent.  Renewal rates were discussed and the change to the Aetna Network was stressed.  If chosen, new ID cards will be issued by January 1, 2012, other than that it should transition smoothly.  An audio recording of the discussion is available, upon request, in the commissioners’ office.

12:31 p.m.: Break for lunch.
12:59 p.m.: Back in session.

MOTION: to enter into executive session under MRSA Title 1 §405 6(A) in order to conduct EMA Director/Deputy Director/Planner interviews. (Joy/Brown 3-0, motion passed) Aroostook County EMA Director, Vern Ouellette participated in the interviews.

Commissioner Joy called the meeting back into regular session at 5:56 p.m. with nothing to report.

5:57 p.m.: Break
6:00 p.m.: Back in session


Commissioner Chairman Steven E. Joy called the Informational Meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners and Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) to order at 6:00 p.m. with Commissioner's Lawson and Brown in attendance.  There were no BAC members present.

CFO Roy thanked attendees for coming and stated that BAC proposed a 4.95% or $251,000 increase over the FY2011 budget.  Changes included fully funding the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Deputy Director position to include benefits and increased the cost of operations.  EMA revenue increased due to the increase in expenditures.  The BAC decreased the CFO's salary and chose not to fund the proposed part-time clerk for a total reduction of $11,454 in the Office of Financial Affairs.  Regional Communications Center revenues were increased by $65,203, thus moving the county back to charging for RCC usage rather than applying the full cost of the RCC to the tax roll.  Third Party Donations were reduced by $5,324.  Hancock County Planning Commissioner Executive Director Thom Martin questioned whether the 3rd Party Donations would be reconsidered.  The answer was yes.  CFO Roy stated that he will have unanticipated fund balance numbers available by December 6, 2011.  Allocation of capital accounts must be completed by the end of the year.  A budget workshop was scheduled for December 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.

6:11 p.m.
MOTION: to adjourn. (Joy/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

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