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August 21, 2013

City renews contract for workers’ compensation program

Ada —

The cost of running Ada’s workers’ compensation program is going up this year.

The Ada City Council voted 5-0 Monday to renew its contract with United Safety and Claims Inc., which manages the workers’ comp program. The city will pay United Safety $18,710 a year, which represents a 10 percent increase from previous years.

“This is the first increase to their contract fee since September of 2009,” said City Manager Cody Holcomb.

He noted that United Safety has run the city’s workers’ compensation program since 1999.

In other business, the council:

• Renewed Custer McFalls’ and Sue Kaiser’s appointments to the Ada Housing Authority. McFalls’ new term ends in August 2015, and Kaiser’s will end in August 2016.

• Appointed newcomer Sue Gutierrez to fill a vacant slot on the Housing Authority. Gutierrez will replace Jeff Crosby as the board’s resident member, and her term will expire in August 2015.

• Authorized the city to provide traffic control for People’s Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting, set for 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex.

• Conducted a closed-door session to discuss the purchase or appraisal of property.

Mayor Greg McCortney said Tuesday that he could not reveal what was discussed during the closed session.

Acting as the Ada Public Works Authority, the council authorized the city to host a household hazardous waste and e-waste collection event this fall.

The event is set for Oct. 26 at the Norris Field parking lot on the East Central University campus.

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