PORT ALLEN — The West Baton Rouge Parish Council approved changing health-care providers Thursday night and set for public hearing a special use permit for an adult store.
Parish employees’ health care has been provided by Humana, but will be changed to Blue Cross after proposals from the two providers were compared according to benefits and costs.
The Blue Cross plan will cost $1,800,756 compared to Humana’s $1,785,539, but the Blue Cross plan included several areas of coverage that were more beneficial, explained Jason Manola, executive assistant to Parish President Riley “Pee Wee” Berthelot, Jr., who was not present at the meeting.
“By making these changes to the plan, the parish will be able to continue to offer the employees a healthy insurance plan that hopefully leads to some stability with Blue Cross in the future,” Manola said.
Other business considered by the council included:
ZONING DECISIONS: The council approved an ordinance that changed some zoning to allow an adult store and set two public hearing dates for a special use permit for the adult store to be located at 2855 Interstate 10 Frontage Road.
The first hearing, by the Zoning Commission, will be held Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. and the council will host another public hearing Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the council meeting room in the Government Building.
Council Chairman Gary Spillman explained after the meeting that the parish rewrote the ordinance to spell out where adult stores can be located.
This particular store, which Mandeville Rental Properties LLC is seeking to open, would be located near an already established, adult-oriented club, he said.
“There are lots of restrictions involved with this,” Spillman said. “They even have to undergo background checks.”
If approved, it would be the second adult store in the area.
MEETING CHANGES: The parish posted on its website an announcement that the next regular council meeting, scheduled for Nov. 10, is moved to Nov. 17, and the Nov. 24 meeting, which falls on Thanksgiving, is canceled.