UCM Board of Directors approves health insurance and building demolition

Renewal of employee health insurance and facility projects related to the Fellowship Complex, Nattinger-Bradshaw Hall, Wood Hall and WC Morris Science Building have been approved by the University’s Board of Governors from central Missouri at its plenary meeting on August 19. .

Bill Hawley, vice president of finance and operations and board treasurer, presented the board with a proposal to renew the university’s employee health insurance plan with Kansas City’s Blue Cross Blue Shield for 2022, which has been approved. Hawley pointed out that the university currently has a plan, known as the sole-source option.

He noted that with several claims during the current year that reach the amount of $ 150,000 in stop loss, the university faces a 14.5% increase in premiums to maintain benefit coverage. social benefits for its employees and their families. Based on current enrollments, the expected total annual cost of bounties for the university in 2022 is approximately $ 11.7 million, which is a difference of approximately $ 1.5 million from the cost of This year.

The proposal accepted by the board asks UCM to fund the majority of the increase while increasing the premium paid by employees by 2.34% at all levels of coverage. UCM currently funds around 73% of total premiums, but effective January 1, 2022, it will increase its funding to 76% of the total cost of coverage. In 2022, that means an employee-only plan will cost $ 766.61 per month, up from $ 669.50 in 2021. As of January, an employee with “employee-only” coverage will pay $ 34.26 per month. months of the total cost of the premium, which is less than $ 1. more per month than they paid for their share of the monthly premium in 2021. Employees’ share, however, varies depending on whether they have a spouse, children or their entire family on their plan.

The Board of Directors discussed a number of issues during the committee sessions which were included in the consent agenda approved at the plenary session. Among them was the award of a $ 491,400 contract with Major Abatement and Demolition, Inc., Blue Springs, Missouri, to provide all labor, materials, equipment, supplies, insurance , permit fees and other items necessary for the completion of asbestos abatement and related work required at the Fellowship Complex and Nattinger-Bradsahaw Halls. This is in addition to a $ 901,200 contract with Dore & Associates Inc., Bay City, Michigan, to demolish these structures.

These costs will be covered by the University Housing Fund. Hawley said federal and state regulations require asbestos removal before these facilities are demolished. The general conditions of these buildings are such that the costs of renovating them far outweigh the benefits of doing so. The Brotherhood Complex is currently offline due to significant mechanical issues that are not cost effective to repair. Nattinger-Bradshaw is obsolete and would require significant expenditures on mechanical systems in order to continue operating.

Projections indicate that UCM will have sufficient housing stock without these facilities for at least the next 10 years. Demolition and demolition are expected to be completed by January 2022.

A contract of $ 851,400 has been approved with Westport Construction Company, Clinton, for the installation of high quality recording studio spaces including several control rooms sharing central recording spaces on the ground floor of Wood Hall. In the fall of 2015, the Music Technology program began to take hold in this area as it provided the opportunity to better meet the needs of the program than its previous location at Hudson Hall. The proposed renovations will mainly consist of subdividing large rooms into smaller spaces to allow musicians and engineers to see and hear each other through windows and microphones, while remaining acoustically and environmentally isolated from each other.

These renovations facilitate and promote accepted safe practices during a pandemic, but also support the longer-term recruiting and educational goals of the program. They provide students with the opportunity to deeply engage with industry standard practices and techniques. CARES funding will help make this project possible.

The Board of Directors approved a $ 443,773 contract with Oke-Thomas and Associates Inc., Springfield, Missouri, for labor and materials required to install new acoustic ceiling panels, lights and diffusers, and for cleaning the metal ceiling grid at Wood Hall. Existing ceiling panels have flexed due to age, reducing the efficiency of the A / C return air plenum. Installing new acoustical ceiling panels will seal the air conditioning return air plenum and act as a fire barrier. This project is funded by the Federal Budget Stabilization Fund (FBSF) which was released by Missouri Governor Mike Parson in January 2021.

A $ 509,027 project at WC Morris Science Building using Diamond Contractors, Inc., Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has been approved for the removal of single pane rubber seal windows, including mini slats, and the installation of new aluminum thermal break front windows with roller shades. This will improve the integrity of the building, which was constructed in 1967, and reduce thermal gain inside the structure, which will improve interior comfort and energy efficiency. The Federal Budget Stabilization Fund will finance this project.

In the photo: At the Central Missouri University Board of Governors meeting on August 19, Board Chairman Stephen Abney, left, and University President Roger Best, right, congratulated Krystle Gremaud on ” being named the recipient of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Advice Award – Faculty Council. Gremaud is an assistant professor and coordinator of the vocational and technical training program at the School of Professional Education and Leadership. The NACADA Global Academic Counseling Awards program honors individuals and institutions who have a significant impact on academic counseling.

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