By Conrad Dudderar
Safe practices by city employees are being recognized after the City of Yukon earned a $72,644.40 workers’ compensation award.
The Yukon City Council, at its Dec. 20th meeting, approved a resolution authorizing the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group (OMAG) to distribute that amount in escrow funds.
Yukon city officials were notified of the $72,644.40 “performance incentive” in a Dec. 12th letter from OMAG workers’ compensation program manager Tina Kliewer.
“This is a credit that we apply to our next year’s (workers’ compensation policy) premium, due to the fact that we had low workers comp claims,” Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar said.
Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby praised city personnel.
“That’s awesome,” Selby said. “Thank you everybody for being safe on the job.”
The escrow balance may be used “at any time upon your written request,” OMAG’s Kliewer wrote in the letter.
Because of favorable workers’ compensation claims activity, the City of Yukon earned this $72,644 return from the 2019-20 plan year.
Standard Plan group members – like the City of Yukon – are eligible for performance incentives based upon “loss ratios”, Kliewer explained.
Yukon achieved a 73% loss ratio for the 2019-20 plan year. The $72,644 amount represents a 5% credit of the workers’ comp premium that was paid.
A group must achieve a developed loss ratio of less than 100% to be eligible for the performance incentive, Kliewer added.
Loss ratios are calculated 36 months after the inception of the policy period.
City of Yukon risk manager Tonia Wilson recommended Yukon City Council members pass the resolution authorizing the request of return. They did by a 5-0 vote.
Other city council members offered kudos to city staff at the last council meeting of 2022.
“Thank you to the city employees; you do a great job,” Ward 1 Council Member Rodney Zimmerman said. “Not everybody knows what you do, because you do such a good job ‘getting it taken care of’.”
ODDS ‘N ENDS
In other business at the Dec. 20th meeting, the Yukon City Council approved:
- A resolution to support the appointment of Mayor Selby to the District 8 seat on the Oklahoma Municipal League’s Board of Directors. The Yukon City Council believes this appointment would benefit the City of Yukon and the other municipalities in District 8 “by serving as the individual and collective voice of local government officials in interaction at both the state and national level,” the resolution reads. OML’s District 8 seat has been filled by former El Reno Mayor Matt White.
- An agreement with Weddle’s Vending of Yukon to service vending machines at the Jackie Cooper Gym and Yukon Community Center. “Weddle’s Vending is based out of Yukon and will provide quality vending machines and product selection to patrons,” Yukon Parks & Recreation Director Ryan McClure wrote in a memo to the city council.
- Spending $37,073 to purchase a 2023 Chevrolet half-ton pickup from Carter Chevrolet in Okarche for the city’s Utility Billing Department. “Due to inflation and availability, the cost is more than what was originally budgeted ($28,000),” Yukon Public Works Director Arnold Adams wrote in a memo to council members.
- A revocable permit for a rear deck patio on Justin Drive that encroaches three feet into the 20-foot utility easement. AT&T, Cox Communications, OG&E Electric Services, Oklahoma Natural Gas, and Yukon Public Works representatives wrote “letters of no objection” to homeowner Preston James.
- A $1,181,815.81 contract with Brewer Construction Oklahoma for the city’s 2023 asphalt paving, drainage, water, and sewer projects.
- A $20,480 contract with Schwarz Paving for the city’s 2023 snow and ice plowing/removal services.
- Updates to the City of Yukon’s 53-page personnel manual, as recommended by human resources director Cindi Shivers.
- Bid specifications for renovation projects at the Yukon City Park and Kimbell Park tennis courts (see story in upcoming edition).