|Wed, Oct 01, 2014 04:14 AM
|Issue of September 24, 2014
July 30, 2014 | 09:31 AM
The Harrison County Council Monday night heard a request of nearly $41,000 to pay off all compensation time owed to county employees.
The new personnel policy, with some sections in effect since July 1, requires all compensation time to be taken before the next pay period so a large sum doesn't build up in the future.
The council elected to pay it all off and begin anew with the revamped policy instead of forcing the employees to use up their comp time by the end of the year, which could have caused a negative effect on the employee's department if too much work time was missed.
A few employees, however, have elected to take their comp time before the end of the year instead of receiving payment for it.
The most comp time owed is in the sheriff's department, with more than $21,000 owed to police officers and more than $5,000 owed to corrections officers.
"This won't happen again, will it?" Councilman Jim Heitkemper asked about the accumulation of comp time.
Auditor Karen Engleman said they're monitoring comp time each pay period but have already come across one problem. When an employee works overtime, such as 42 hours for a week instead of 40, he/she has to work only 37 the next week, not 38, because overtime or comp time is paid at time and a half.
The council will officially vote on the request at its next meeting, Monday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.
It will also vote on the $345,000 request from the commissioners for a portion of the funding for a new 4-H show barn. Representatives from 4-H were not present to discuss the request, so the council may decide to table the matter until the second meeting in August.
In other business, the board unanimously approved $1 million for the new highway garage property, $13,000 for drainage work related to the old Wennings property in Central Barren, $11,000 for unemployment for the jail and $9,500 for pool repairs and furniture replacement (cabins at Buffalo Trace Park near Palmyra) for the parks department.
Commissioner Kenny Saulman gave an update about Councilman Gordon Pendleton, who has missed the last couple of meetings due to a health issue, and said he was scheduled Monday to be moved to Corydon for rehabilitation.
"He's improving tremendously," Saulman said.