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July 9, 2014

City renews contract for workers’ compensation plan

Ada — The cost of managing Ada’s workers’ compensation plan will remain the same this year.

The Ada City Council voted 4-0 Monday to renew its contract with United Safety and Claims Inc., which runs the city’s self-insured workers’ compensation plan. The city will pay United $18,710 a year, which is the same amount as last year.

United has managed the workers’ compensation program for the past 15 years, said City Manager Cody Holcomb.

“We have contracted with United Safety since 1999 and have been pleased with their work,” he said. “There is no change from our current contract with United Safety.”

United’s responsibilities include recommending procedures for reporting and documenting all job-related injuries and illnesses. The company also administers all claims to determine whether the applicant is eligible for worker’s compensation and the amount that should be paid.

Other duties include recommending treatment options for people who are injured on the job, reviewing doctors’ reports and reviewing the medical bills associated with each claim. The company also generates a monthly report on any injuries reported that month.

In other business, the council approved a request to close part of South Townsend Street from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25.

Ada First Baptist Church, which will host an outdoor expo on Sept. 25, asked the city to block off the area from south of the intersection of 15th and Broadway up to the intersection of 14th and Broadway. The intersections themselves are not included in the request.

Ada First Baptist sought the closing so a Mediflight of Oklahoma helicopter could land in the church’s parking lot on the west side of Townsend, said senior adult and pastoral care minister Harold Ware. The helicopter is one of 26 exhibits for the show, which will include professional fisherman and TV host Jimmy Houston as a guest speaker.

Ware said the church has found an insurance carrier that will cover helicopters, so he thought the Mediflight helicopter should be part of the show.

“The reason I’m bringing the helicopter in — MediFlight — is to represent the insurance that they offer as a possibility to help defray costs in accidents,” he said. “I thought while we have hunters there, we might as well deal with accidents too.”

Ware said he thought the expo would attract 700 to 1,000 people.

Reach Eric Swanson at adanewsreporter@cableone.net.

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