Thursday, October 14, 2010
City leaders discuss policies
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs mayor and board of aldermen reviewed some employee management concerns mentioned in a recent audit - with six of the issues brought by the mayor for discussion.
The probationary period for a new employee was discussed, including when benefits begin. Yakisha Thompson, deputy city clerk, said the probationary period had been 90 days but recommended that employee benefits, such as insurance, kick in at the first of the month after 30 days on the job.
Annual leave, sick leave and comp time policies were reviewed. Thompson recommended that accrued comp time over 30 days not be carried over to the fiscal year. Comp time is not kept on the books and unlike unused vacation time and sick leave, it cannot be applied toward retirement.
The utility department only allows 40 hours of comp time to be carried month-to-month. Anything over that is dropped from the books. Some department employees can accumulate a lot of comp time with a single incident such as a windstorm that takes down utility lines and trees, according to fire chief Kenny Holbrook.
Comp time only applies to the city’s department heads, Thompson said. Hourly employees are paid overtime.
One section deals with employees accepting gifts from vendors - disallowed because something in return may be expected of the employee by the vendor. Supervisors are not to loan money to employees to avoid possibilities that the supervisor would recriminate if the loan was not paid back.
The procedures for employees to follow in expressing a grievance or for due process are also to be spelled out. Some language concerned outside employment and requirements to get approval from a department head.
There is no drug testing policy except where gas workers are concerned - as authorized by the Department of Transportation. Health insurance covers employees who may have problems with alcohol and need treatment.
Next up for discussion was the October 30 Harvest Festival being organized by the Holly Springs Main Street Association. The board authorized the closing of streets near the courthouse for the event which will run from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Arts and crafts booths, contest booths and game booths will be available. Churches and other organizations will be encouraged to participate. Organizers hope to get the high schools and their bands to participate in some manner.
“It will be a community involvement event and we are asking for all to participate,” said promotions committee member Charles Terry.
The board introduced Michael Crittle as the new public works director.
Chief Robert Pearson presented the resignations of three Holly Springs police officers.
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