AOS and Norwood’s late health care reimbursements to retirees
6/25/07, 2:00 p.m. UPDATE: Good news! Mike Allen, attorney for the City retirees, just returned our call and agreed to provide this update. He said that since last Monday’s Channel 5 broadcast, Norwood has paid everything due through the month of May. That leaves June’s reimbursements, which aren’t past due just yet. With the City’s quick attention to this matter, the retirees aren’t pursuing a meeting with City officials at this time. Mr. Allen complimented Finance Committee Chairperson Joe Sanker for taking on the cause by making sure funds were made available to make the payments. Law Director Rick Gibson also got some praise for letting it be known at City Hall that Norwood has a legal obligation to fulfill its contractual agreement with the retirees.
Mr. Allen’s experience with the media in his former role as Hamilton County Prosecutor tells him the Channel 5 broadcast had a lot to do with the quick, short term resolution of the retirees’ dilemma. He said ongoing monitoring is needed, however, so old patterns of delinquency don’t return after the “bright lights” of the media dim.