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City Council To Discuss Rising Cost of Retiree Medical Benefits

Work session also will include discussion organization of the economic development department and convention and visitor's bureau under one director.

The city's payments for retiree medical benefits are expected to grow substantially between 2012 and 2019 from $873,400 to $1.54 million.

The actuarial firm Milliman Company prepared a packet of information for the city council detailing the cost of all benefits for current retirees and employees who will eventually retire. See the full packet here.

The city council is expected to discuss the other post employment benefit program at the work session scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

The council will also hear a presentation about the proposal to make David Leezer director of both the economic development department and the

The former director of the convention and visitor's bureau, and

after an earlier candidate for the director of tourism position took a job in Nevada instead. 

According to the memo prepared by Leezer and Director of Administration Michael Spurgeon, the two departments will not be merged. Instead, Martha Little will be named the Assistant Director of the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and John Knoll, who currently is the retail manager, would be promoted to a new position as the economic development coordinator.

Leezer would split time between the two departments, which would not be combined in one office.

One of the first steps Leezer plans to take will be to develop a strategic plan for the convention and visitor's bureau.

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