The City Council has decided to extend health insurance coverage to early morning staffers at the Columbus Aquatic Center, despite the costs.
The Columbus Telegram says the council voted for the measure earlier this week after discussing staffing changes and cutting hours instead.
Under federal Affordable Care Act rules, the city must offer health coverage to the two full-time workers on the morning shift. But the insurance costs, which could reach an additional $36,000 annually, raised questions about whether the morning pool hours should be available to the relatively few swimmers involved.
City Administrator Joe Mangiamelli says a Columbus Family Y pool planned for Columbus Community Hospital's new health and wellness center could draw swimmers away from the aquatic center, thus reducing the city's staffing requirements.