June 11, 2014 Edition

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Quorum Court approves
revised county policy

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

The Lawrence County Quorum approved a revised edition of the county personnel policy at its meeting on Monday. The new policy will be distributed to all county employees and elected officials will be held responsible for enforcing the policy's rules.

The committee formed by County Judge Dale Freeman to make the revisions held a special meeting last week to discuss changes to the policy with elected officials and county employees.

The new policy enforces an eight-hour workday allowing a half hour lunch break and two 15-minute breaks. Elected officials can approve employees using their breaks in conjunction with their lunch to allow them an hour off for lunch. County employees' workdays will still end at 4:30 p.m.

Comp time can still be earned and must be used within a 60-day period. Elected officials are to turn in monthly reports to the county clerk's office detailing each employee's current comp time status.

Freeman wanted to make it clear that it is not the county clerk's responsibility to track down these reports. "You hold me responsible for it, you hold the sheriff responsible for it," he said.

Any abuse of the new comp time policy will be brought before the quorum court.

All county employees must receive and sign the revised policy and return it to the county clerk's office as a condition of their employment. Those who do not have a signed copy on file by the last day of June will have their paycheck withheld.

Also at the meeting:

  • Freeman announced that four watersheds in the county have failed inspection. Levees will have to be cleaned out to bring them up to code. Confusion about whose responsibility it is to clean the watersheds has prevented any progress. Freeman said he will look into it more to see if it is the county's responsibility.

  • justices appropriated $5,055 to the Rails to Trails fund, which represented an insurance check received from the agency representing the individual who caused damages to one of the trail's bridges when attempting to drive a vehicle over it.

  • the court affirmed Freeman's appointment of Tommy Holland to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board. Holland will be replacing outgoing board member Wilma Jones.

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