LOWELL | Lowell's clerk-treasurer has asked the Town Council for protection from any Affordable Care Act liability.
The council agreed that the town will pay any penalties, fines or taxes that might result should the town unintentionally allow a part-time employee without health benefits to work beyond 30 hours in one week.
Clerk/Treasurer Judy Walters said her office will do its utmost to ensure that won't be necessary, but circumstances could dictate use of an employee beyond the maximum.
Walters said the State Board of Accounts said the vote recorded into the council's minutes would be adequate. Basically, she said, with so much unknown about the new federal health insurance program, it makes sense to agree to pay penalties rather than the insurance.
In other business, the council agreed to pay SEH of Indiana $50,860 to prepare a water distribution system master plan.
A base computer model will be prepared and then given to the town for future use. The plan will include the impact of annexation of specific areas targeted by the town.
And plans to widen Ind. 2 between Holtz Road to the east and Burr Street to the west will be put onto the Indiana Department of Transportation list by the town.
Public Works Director Greg Shook said INDOT will have a spring 2014 call out for projects that will go into effect in 2018.