City of Merriam
City of Merriam History:
The community of Merriam dates back to between 1826 and 1833 when Shawnee Indians were moved into this region from Ohio and Missouri. Quakers, who had worked among the Shawnee in Ohio, followed them and built a mission in 1836, located near 61st and Hemlock in Merriam.
Incorporation & Beyond:
Fast forward to 1950 and the residents of Merriam were anxious to become an incorporated city. They petitioned the governor and Carl Engle Sr. served as the first mayor of the newly incorporated city of the third class, Merriam. Just few short years later in 1957, Merriam become a city of the second class.
Today, Merriam is a vibrant community, nestled just eight miles south of downtown Kansas City and minutes from anywhere in the metro. Although our transportation methods have progressed from trolley lines and railroads to automobiles, our area continues to grow and develop within the region.
You can also download more detailed version of the History of Merriam at http://ks-merriam.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/39
City of Merriam Summary of Employee Benefits:
PERFORMANCE BASED PAY PLAN: Salary increases will be determined by a state-of-the-art pay and classification system which has been designed specifically for the City of Merriam. Your job performance will determine the amount of your pay increases. You will be evaluated following the first year of employment and annually thereafter.
SECTION 125 FLEXIBLE BENEFITS PLAN: The Section 125 Flex Plan allows you to pay certain out-of-pocket expenses such as medical premiums, unreimbursed medical expenses, office visit and prescription co-pays and dependent day-care expenses with before-tax income, thereby reducing your taxable income and increasing your take home pay. For the year 2015 the maximum you can defer for dependent day-care expenses is $5,000.00, and the maximum for unreimbursed medical expenses is $2,550.00.
HEALTH CARE COVERAGE: As a full-time or regular part-time employee of the City, you can enroll in one of the two UnitedHealthcare of the Midwest health - UHC Kansas-Choice Plus Plans: Premier-20/250/80% (Plan 2T2) and Premier-25/500/80% (Plan 2T3). This is effective January 1, 2015 and concludes on December 31, 2015. Coverage begins the first day of the month following employment. Employee bi-weekly premiums range depending on the plan type and coverage, as well as employee type (fulltime, ½ time, or ¾ time).
In 2015, the City is offering a High Deductible Health Plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA) through United Healthcare. The directory of physicians and providers remain the same as those in our above traditional plans, as well as the percentages the City pays on the employee’s behalf. Each employee who enrolls in the High Deductible Health Plan will enroll in a Health Saving Account through OptumHealth Bank.
HEALTH INSURANCE OPTION: All full-time employees can elect to discontinue coverage under the City’s plans and receive a payment from the City in-lieu of taking health insurance. This payment is equal to the lowest premium the City would pay for a single individual. You must provide proof of insurance coverage from another health care provider in order to qualify for this option.
VISION CARE COVERAGE: As an employee of the City, you are eligible for vision coverage through the United Speciality at www.myuhcvision.com (formerly Spectera Network). You are eligible to receive an annual eye exam and lenses every 12 months with a $10.00 co-payment, and frames every 24 months. Employee bi-weekly premiums are:
$0.62 - Single coverage; $1.86 - Employee and Spouse;
$1.95 - Employee and Children; $2.99 - Family coverage.
Coverage begins the first day of the month following employment. Rates are adjusted if you are a half time or three quarter time employee.
DENTAL INSURANCE: MetLife provides a dental insurance plan for you and your family. Coverage begins the first day of the month following employment. The plan is effective January 1, 201 through December 31, 2015. The employee bi-weekly premiums are:
Full-time employee $2.35 for single coverage and $10.56 for family coverage;
3/4 Time employee $3.52 for single coverage and $15.84 for family coverage;
1/2 Time employee $4.70 for single coverage and $21.12 for family coverage.
LIFE INSURANCE: Active members of KPERS receive a death benefit equal to 1.5 times their final average salary. Members of KP&F receive a benefit equal to 100% of their final salary. Additionally, the City provides you with a $20,000 life/$20,000 AD&D policy through the Kansas City Life Insurance Company at no cost to you. Coverage is effective the first day of the month following employment. Employees have the option to buy up to include coverage for their spouse and dependents through K.C. Life. This will be a payroll deduction.
DISABILITY INSURANCE: Disability income is provided to members of KPERS and KP&F. There are several variables in this benefit depending on the applicable plan. The City also provides a long term disability policy for full and regular part-time employees that pays 60% of the employees salary beginning on the 91st day of disability.
RETIREMENT: All full-time and regular part-time employees must enroll in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS). Police and Fire employees are covered by the Kansas Police and Fire Retirement System (KP&F), effective upon employment. KPERS members contribute 6% and KP&F members contribute 7.15% or, after 32 years of service, 2%. For KPERS members the City contributes 9.48% of their salaries and .85% for group life and disability insurance, and KP&F members the City contributes 21.36%. The retirement systems provide life and long-term disability insurance benefits as well as retirement benefits.
401(A) PLAN: KPERS members are eligible to contribute to this supplemental retirement plan provided by ICMA-RC. Employees have the option to contribute 0% or 3% of their base pay; the City will match the 0% contribution with 3.91% and 11.03% for the 3% contribution of the employees' base pay. All contributions are tax-sheltered. Employees are 20% vested in this plan after 3 years of service, 40% vested after 4 years of service, 60% vested after 5 years of service, 80% vested after 6 years of service, and 100% after 7 years of service. The plan is currently being reviewed for those employees hired on or after 7/1/09.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION: You may save for retirement while sheltering a portion of your salary from income taxes by deferring an amount, through payroll deduction, into a deferred compensation account. The city offers two companies to choose from, ICMA-RC and NATIONWIDE, which feature a variety of investment options and are available to local government employees only. Up to $18,000 or up to 50% of the employee’s income can be deferred for calendar year 2015. In addition, employees who are eligible for the “catch-up provision” may contribute up to an additional $6,000, for a total of $24,000 if they are age 50 or older.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: The Employee Assistance Program provides confidential professional assistance to help employees and their family members to resolve problems that affect their personal lives and/or job performance. Problems commonly handled include marital difficulties, parent-child relationships, alcoholism, drug addiction, stress, etc. The program includes up to eight free visits to help resolve a crisis in your life. The program is confidential and can be used by calling the professional counselors directly. The fee for the Employee Assistance Program is paid by the City.
TUITION REIMBURSEMENT: The City encourages you to take advantage of educational and vocational courses, which will improve your job performance and prepare you for promotional opportunities. You may be reimbursed for the cost of tuition (up to $1000 per calendar year) provided you meet the guidelines for reimbursement.
HOLIDAYS: The City recognizes the following paid holidays for 2015: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
PERSONAL LEAVE DAYS: If you are employed on January 1, you will receive three personal leave days which may be used for any reason you choose during the year. These days may be taken at a time mutually agreeable to the employee and their department head. A prorated amount of time is given to employees during their first year of service based upon hire date.
VACATION LEAVE: Employees accrue vacation per pay period.
Employees may carry over to the next payroll year the following accrued vacation: fulltime employees 240 hours; regular part time employees 120 hours and ¾ time employees 180 hours. No annual leave may be taken by any employee until she/he has been in the service of the City for a continuous period of 6 months.
SICK LEAVE: Employees accrue sick leave per pay period according to the following schedule: full-time employees 3.70 hours; regular part time employees 1.85 hours; and regular ¾ time employees 2.78 hours. Sick leave may be used if you are sick, if you have a doctor or dentist's appointment, or if a member of your immediate family is ill. Employees are compensated for unused sick leave at retirement only with 120 months of full-time service at 30%.
Full-time employees may accrue up to 520 hours of sick leave; regular part-time employees may accrue up to 260 hours; and ¾ time regular employees may accrue 390 hours. On an annual basis, December 31st, full-time employees having balances above the allowed carry over hours will receive a payout based on their January 1st salary for hours above the carry over limit at a rate of 20%. Employees will receive the sick leave payout on their 2nd payroll check issued in February of each year.
FMLA LEAVE: Employees can receive up to 12 weeks in a 12 month period of unpaid, job protected leave and continuing pre-existing health coverage to “eligible” employees for certain family and medical reasons. Employees are eligible if they have worked for the City for at least one year (does not have to be consecutive, unless there is a break in employment of more than seven years), and for 1,250 hours (approx. 24 hrs. per week) over the previous 12 months.
The City requires employees to use all applicable paid leave (which includes sick leave first, followed by personal/vacation leave) before an unpaid leave under this policy will be authorized.
DIRECT DEPOSIT: You may make account deposits by payroll deduction to any bank of your choosing.
AQUATIC CENTER MEMBERSHIP: As an employee of the City, you and/or your family may take advantage of the facilities at the Merriam swimming pool located at 6040 Slater. This membership is free, although you will need to purchase an ID card for yourself and/or each participating member of your family. According to IRS regulations the membership is a taxable benefit and will be taxed as income and noted on your W-2 as a fringe benefit.
PARKS AND REC HEALTH CLUB MEMBERSHIP: The facilities at the Irene B. French Community Center are available for you and/or your family's health and enjoyment. This membership is also free, although you will need to purchase an ID card for yourself and/or each participating member of your family. According to IRS regulations the membership is a taxable benefit and will be taxed as income and noted on your W-2 as a fringe benefit.
A comprehensive employee handbook is issued to all regular employees. The Employee Handbook contains additional detailed information regarding benefits, policies and procedures.
The City of Merriam is commited to providing a safe and healthy work place and prohibits smoking in city facilities and vehicles.