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County owes $41K-plus in comp time

June 18, 2014 | 10:19 AM

The Harrison County Council Monday night, June 9, discussed options to take care of a back load of compensation owed to county employees.

The new personnel policy, with some sections taking effect July 1, requires all compensation time to be taken before the next pay period.

The old policy said something similar, but, regardless, $41,000-plus of comp time has accumulated that is owed to employees.

"We've been talking about this for some time," Council Chair Gary Davis said. "I didn't think they were supposed to give it (comp time). We have this liability because department heads and elected officials didn't manage it."

Davis said the council has two options: either ask those who have comp time to use it by the end of the year (ranging all the way up to 22 days) or pay it all off and begin anew with the revamped personnel policy.

Auditor Karen Engleman said she thought it would be difficult for some departments to absorb the loss of manpower if the council asked the employees to take their comp time before the end of the year.

"Like the clerk's office, in an election year, I don't know how they'd do it," she said.

Councilman Richard Gerdon said he thought this issue was addressed a couple years ago.

"It was addressed in the personnel policy; it just wasn't enforced," Commissioner George Ethridge said.

Councilman Phil Smith said, regardless when the comp time was accrued, even years ago, it will be paid at today's salary rate.

"That's a big difference," he said.

The council made no decision on the matter.

In other business, the council unanimously approved a $30,000 additional appropriation into the firearms line for Sheriff Rodney (Rod) Seelye for the purchase of ammunition and less-than-lethal options such as CS canisters and flash bangs.

Seelye said, in the past, they ran out of ammunition and had to borrow it. So, to avoid that situation, they've tried to maintain a stockpile of ammo. The funding will help the department maintain that high level of on-hand ammo. The money will come out of the sheriff's line generated from the sale of gun permits and fingerprints.

Park superintendent Rand Heazlitt said the results from the South Harrison Park lake feasibility study are in, but he wants to first meet with the parks board before publicly sharing the results (the next park board meeting will be Wednesday, June 18).

"They can do it ... I don't know if we want to do it," he said.

The next council's meeting will be Monday at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.

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    Comp Time
    June 23, 2014 | 07:38 PM

    Both Gerdon and Ethridge are correct. This matter was discussed and settled a couple years ago. If the department heads did not adhere to the policies they should decide where the money should come from within their budget, up to and including reducing manager's salaries to pay for the comp time they approved. If it wasn't approved, the employee doesn't get paid.

    Don Smith
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    Deadbeat Employers
    June 24, 2014 | 11:28 AM

    Maybe when can have a sheriff round up all the people who didn't pay their employees and throw them in jail.

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    What the ????
    June 24, 2014 | 03:36 PM

    Just a quick thought. Why go through all the trouble of a budget if you are not going to live within it?
    If a manager approved overtime, they should have done so knowing that the employee was going to take that time off at some time. You can not always just go back and ask Mommy for more money.
    ELECTION?? Did anyone not know that this year was an election year at budget time? I realize snow plow drivers had overtime, but it's been awhile since I saw snow.

    Don Smith
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    June 25, 2014 | 11:26 AM

    Were you not here this past winter?

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    $30,000 of ammo
    June 25, 2014 | 09:06 PM

    To the best of my recollection Harrison County has fired 27 rounds of ammunition in the last 10 years in the line of duty. Most of those were fired on the interstate at a man who stole (meat) from the west end of Louisville. I think we hit him in the hand and one eye then he sued us.
    Keep in mind that 27 rounds divided by 10 years is 2.7 rounds per year in the line of duty. Somehow, in my simple mind, it is hard for me to get to a $30,000 expenditure in just one year for ammunition.
    I understand practice and qualification, however, $30,000 should buy about 80,000 rounds of S

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