Commissioner Bill Shoaff asked that a cemetery employee be moved to the sewer department to fill a position left by a recent retirement. This would bring both water department employees and sewer employees up to four people each.
“The street department and the sewer department work great together. We send one water employee and one sewer employee together out on a call,” Shoaff said.
Mayor Jeff Johnson said he was hesitant to replace the position with the ongoing negotiations with the operating engineers.
“Things are still up in the air with negotiations. Until we have a better idea of what the new contract will cost us, I think we should wait. We haven’t replaced other recent retirements,” Johnson said.
Shoaff countered, “Everybody is going to have to work together to help save money. We have an employee who is ready to go over now.”
Commissioner Gib Smart added that the park or cemetery departments could spare an employee right now and that filling the position could wait until after the negotiations are settled.
The council voted 3-1 to allow the employee move.
The council also authorized city attorney Jack Kiley to draw up an ordinance to change the council meeting time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month. The council is expected to approve the ordinance at the February 3 meeting and the time change would be effective at the February 17 meeting.
In new business, Schafer told the board that the street department bucket truck needed to be replaced. He noted that the estimate to repair the truck was more than $10,000. He asked to put in a bid for a truck that Shelby Electric Cooperative has to sell which has high miles due to road time, but the bucket mechanics is in very good condition.