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Galesburg Council could approve engineering for Oquawka well field, changing employee health plan

Galesburg City Council Monday night could approve a professional services agreement to install a fifth well at the Oquawka Well Field.

Council documents say that Gravel Pack Well #5 needs to be installed because Ranney Collector Well, which produces 75 percent of Galesburg’s water, needs to be taken out of service for six to undergo rehabilitation.

The engineering agreement would be about $49,000 for the Farnsworth Group.

Alderman may also decide to switch the city employees’ group health insurance plan from one ran through the state to Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Administration through council documents says that rates have increased 11 to 14 percent and there have been changes in coverage and benefits.

Blue Cross Blue Shield provides a large network of providers, including both Galesburg Cottage Hospital and OSF St. Mary Medical Center.

If approved the switch would be effective Sept. 1, 2018.

The city has been a part of the Local Government Health Plan through the Illinois Department of Central Management Services for the past three years.

However, that plan in April added significant changes in coverage and benefits and rate increases of 11 to 14 percent.

City Administration estimates that up to $1.4 million in savings could be seen by the city and its employees.

Council will also vote on a change order for the reconstruction of North Seminary Street.

It would be an extra $28,000 approximately or about a percent increase over the project’s original estimated cost.

Council documents say the change is due to several conditions in the field being different than in the designs.

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