PIEDMONT - After several months of having the subject of health insurance on the agenda, the Piedmont officials voted at the latest town council meeting to “terminate health insurance for the town workers” effective July 1.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - After several months of having the subject of health insurance on the agenda, the Piedmont officials voted at the latest town council meeting to “terminate health insurance for the town workers” effective July 1.
Mayor Ben Smith said the health insurance coverage subject needed to be “nipped in the bud.”
“I don’t want to hurt anyone on the insurance part,” he said, while adding, “We have to survive.”
When the motion was passed to stop the health insurance coverage, Smith said it was done so “with regrets.”
Commissioner Rick Butler took some time before voting on the motion, saying about the town workers, “We are always taking away from them.”
Commissioner Susie Clark said that it was important for the town workers to “get on the computer site,” referring to the Health Insurance Market Place, to find options for coverage.
Commissioner Vicki Smith mentioned that assistance could be offered to the workers that may not be able to navigate the website.
Mayor Smith suggested a memo be placed in the workers’ next paycheck informing them of the change in their health insurance coverage.
He also told the council members that the item of giving at least a $1 hourly raise to the workers be “put on hold” and would be discussed later on unfinished business.