December 3, 2014 Edition

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WR City Council will
reimburse employees

Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

City employees who worked to assist Union Pacific Railroad employees in the aftermath of a train wreck near Hoxie on Aug. 17 will soon be reimbursed for their efforts.

The city received $12,775 from the railroad for hours worked by 20 city employees who were not on duty for the city during the aftermath of the accident. Various law enforcement officers, reserve law enforcement officers, fire department and volunteer fire department employees responded to the wreck and ultimately worked under the direction of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Mayor Don House said the monies should have gone directly to the individual employees and not to the city since they were working as individuals and not for the city during those hours.

On Nov. 26, the Walnut Ridge City Council held a special meeting to pass a resolution that will allow the city to deposit the wages received from the railroad for the sole purpose of distributing them to the employees who earned them.

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