Loganville to discuss city’s participation in GMA’s firefighter’s cancer benefit program

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The City of Loganville will have its first work session of 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 in Council Chambers at Loganville City Hall, 4303 Lawrenceville Road, Loganville.

According to a press release from the city, one of the items to be discussed at Monday night’s work session is the City of Loganville’s participation in the Georgia Municipal Association-Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency firefighters’ cancer benefit program. Cities are required to provide the cancer benefit for firefighters under House Bill 146, which passed in the 2017 legislative session.

All full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters are eligible for the benefit, the coverage of which includes a lump sum benefit and a disability benefit for firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer any time after their first year of employment.

“This benefit provides for our brave men and women in firefighting should they be stricken with cancer,” Mayor Dan Curry said in the press release. “They are involved in dangerous works and sometimes the effects of that work may not be known for many years. This benefit provides a very important safety net for them.”

HB 146 was a collaborative effort of GMA and the Georgia General Assembly. Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed an earlier bill which would have placed firefighter cancer claims in the workers’ compensation system, making it costly for local governments. According to the press release, HB 146 provides a more cost-effective way to ensure firefighters have a safety net if diagnosed with cancer.

The additional insurance policy is expected to the city $6,148 and will cover 40 full and part-time firefighters.

Other items on the agenda for Monday’s meeting include:

COMMITTEE / DEPARTMENT REPORTS

a) Planning & Development – Chairman Skip Baliles

• Resolution to adopt State Minimum Standard Codes for Construction

• Planning Commission Appointments

• Updates / Reports

b) Finance / Human Resources– Chairman Mark Kiddoo

• Updates / Reports

c) Public Safety Committee – Chairman Jay Boland

• Updates / Reports

d) Public Utilities / Transportation – Chairman Linda Dodd

• Updates / Reports

e) Public Works / Facilities– Chairman Danny Ford

• Updates / Reports

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

• Engineering Fees – Keck & Wood

• 2018 Planning Fee Schedule

• Updates / Reports

CITY ATTORNEY’S UPDATES / REPORTS

• Updates / Reports

ADJOURNMENT

At the City Council meeting on Thursday Night, Jan. 11, 2018, the newly elected mayor on city council members will take the Oath of Office and a vice mayor will be elected by the council prior to any new business being taken up.

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