I would like to state my position on the issue of members of council receiving health benefits, life insurance and post retirement benefits.
I have always been opposed to members of council receiving dental and health benefits as well as post-retirement dental and health benefits. It is my opinion, that as an elected official, it is my duty to serve the residents. I am currently not enrolled in the dental and health benefits offered to current members of council.
The topic of members of council receiving health benefits and life insurance was first brought forward at the July 11 ,2017, meeting of the Personnel Committee. In addition, at this meeting, members of council also inquired about the possibility of receiving post retirement benefits.
At the November 28, 2017 a report was brought forth regarding the cost associated with post-retirement dental and health benefits. A vote took place at the December 12, 2017 at the Personnel Committee Meeting and the following was adopted:
That the current Members of Council who serve, or have served, four (4) terms are to be offered post-retirement benefits equivalent to the health and dental benefits provided to eligible non-union management retirees, at the Town’s cost.
Following that meeting, a request was provided to administration for a Promissory Note to ensure post retirements would be available.
This action required Town Administration to seek Legal Counsel. The report from Arid Berlis, LLP advised they do not believe that the Town has authority to extend Post-Service Benefits to Members of Council once they become former members.
At the August 14, 2018, council directed town administration to form a public compensation review committee to carry out a review on council compensation. I would encourage residents to put their name forward should they wish to be on the compensation review committee. Please contact the Clerk of the Town, Laura Moy, if you require specific information on being considered a member of this committee.
A link to the Policy and Priorities Agenda can be found here, which echoes verbatim the text stated above.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding this topic.