The Warner Robins Council made changes to employee health coverage in an effort to save money.

The first move was to slightly increase medical contributions for individuals from roughly $18 to $20 twice a month.

They also increased family coverage from about $32 to $40 every two weeks.

Mayor Randy Toms says they needed to do it to cut costs.

They also changed their prescription provider to Envision Pharmaceutical Services, which the Toms says will save thousands.

“The provider side and the payer side is where the difference is and that's a guaranteed $833,000 a year for at least the next three years. That's pretty substantial and it won't change anything when it comes to the employees' benefits,” Toms said after the meeting.

Those changes go into effect on January 1.

The council also read the proposed panhandling ordinance publicly for the first time. WMAZ first reported on the ordinance last week.

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The ordinance would prohibit panhandlers from using obscene language, being physically intimidating by blocking someone's path or forcing themselves onto someone.

It also prohibits panhandlers from asking for money within 20 feet of a public parking lot at night, ATMs, and entrances to public venues or businesses.

“You know it's getting to the point where the complaints we're getting now isn't just that somebody's on the street corner with a sign saying will work for food, now they're following to their cars and saying things to them like 'You look like you're doing fairly well for yourself you know you don't mind handing me some.’ They’re just getting very aggressive about it,” Police Chief Brett Evans said.

The ordinance will have to be read a second time and then a majority of Council would have to approve it.

The council also declined to vote yay or nay on a zoning request from a property on Commercial Circle.

The owners of the property said the designation of C-3, Concentrated Commercial, was making it difficult to rent the space to interested clients and requested it be changed to C-2, General Commercial.

But Toms and the council said since the property fell in the special tax allocation district, they needed the restrictions to stay in place. No vote was taken.