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Worthington to use county's employee handbook to draft its own

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The town of Worthington plans to glean information from the much-discussed and revised Greene County Employee Policy Handbook and adapt it the needs of its employees.

Town Council President Gregg Roudebush, who will resign his town position on Dec. 31 and take a seat on the Greene County Council Jan. 1, told his fellow council members Tuesday night that he has talked with the County Council Attorney Marvin Abshire about obtaining an electronic copy of the county's handbook document.

Town Attorney Jacob Fish told the council that it would be a rather simple process to go through the handbook and delete the sections that did not pertain to the town and draft a new handbook at a minimal cost.

"We'd tweak it to meet the town's needs," he said.

Fish said by using the county's policy as a guideline, all of the required language that meets state and federal employment practices regulations -- including Fair Labor Standards Act provisions -- will be included.

The county's policy has been more than two years in the drafting by the consulting firm of Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele & Associates Inc. of Muncie.

On Monday, the County Council approved it. The County Commissioners are expected to give final approval this coming Monday and then the document will be printed and distributed to county employees.

Roudebush said the town's current personnel handbook is outdated and in dire need of revision.

By using the county's policy as a template, Roudebush said, "That way we don't have to re-invent the wheel."

The filling of Roudebush's soon to be vacant seat on the town council was the subject of some discussion amid some uncertainty on exactly how the replacement is named.

Clerk-Treasuer Gloria Klass explained that the county Republican Party Chairman Otto Prow is required to call a caucus of Jefferson Township precinct committeemen, who will make the selection.

She said anyone wanting to fill the seat is required to file an application with the party chairman prior to the scheduling of the caucus where the vote will take place.

Roudebush, who is the current town council president, said it was his understanding that the caucus for the council seat will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Bloomfield High Rise Building, followed by a vote to fill a vacancy that will occur on the county council after Ed Michael resigns, effective Dec. 31, to take a county commissioner seat on Jan. 1.

Some uncertainty arose in the discussion about the filing of Roudebush's resignation, which was done in a letter to the council on Nov. 13. However, Roudebush said he was unaware that he also had to officially resign at the Greene County Voter Registration office.

The county councilman-elect said he would file the proper resignation papers on Wednesday, but town attorney Fish said he needed to research to see if there was a prescribed waiting period before the party caucus could be set after the resignation was finalized in the county courthouse.

Fish said he thought there was a 10-day waiting period because the caucus could be scheduled.

Nonetheless, even waiting 10 days from Wednesday, Fish agreed there was still enough time to get the position filled prior to the end of the year. The new councilman would then be sworn in during a special meeting at a 9 a.m. Jan. 1 meeting in the Worthington Municipal Building.

Roudebush's final meeting on the council would be the end of year session set for 6 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Roudebush also came under some scrunity from fellow councilman Macky Stahl for recently authorizing the purchase of 6,000 rounds of ammunition for AR-15 weapons at a cost of about $260 by the police department that was needed for qualification testing.

Stahl charged that the purchase was made without council approval and without checking with the clerk-treasurer to see if there was money in a budget account to cover it.

Roudebush said he gave verbal approval for Town Marshal Don Richardson to make the purchase because it was necessary to make sure the town's police officers were properly certified.

Richardson said he received a very late one-day notice of the qualification shoot and noted there wasn't time to get council approval.

Roudebush accepted responsibility for the miscue, but said the officers had to take part in the qualification.

"That's my bad," he said. "This has gone from being a mole hill to a mountain."

In other matters, the council:

* Learned that the police department wrote 93 town traffic citations and 34 state citations in the past month.

* Learned from street superintendent Dave Dyer that he finished the leaf pick up season by hauling away 49 loads of leaves and 17 loads of tree limbs.

* Authorized Dyer to find someone to repair a backhoe before the winter street clean-up season arrives.

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WPD wrote 127 citations for the town of Worthington, and Counclilman Stahl is complaining of a $260 bill?

I wonder where the +-$5000 generated from the citations is being used. Heaven forbid it be used to train WPD Officers to be more efficient and better trained.

-- Posted by hmmph on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 10:06 PM

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