By Tasha Stewart
It was out with the old and in with the new when the Barbourville City Council held the first reading of two new ordinances at the December 7 meeting. Both aim to separate employee pay classifications from the city’s personnel policy. Ultimately, the personnel policy will be completely updated, a process that began at the start of 2017.
First read was Ordinance No. 2017-6 which will repeal Ordinance No. 2008-4. Ordinance No. 2008-4 established the position classification and compensation plans for city employees. The Council seeks to repeal this ordinance at the suggestion of the Kentucky League of Cities, a nonprofit association that provides cities, leaders and employees with services such as policy development, legal services and legislative advocacy.
“We’re just revamping our personnel policy. This started back in the beginning of the year,” said city clerk Helen Strong. “The Kentucky League of Cities is recommending we separate it [the personnel policy] out and make it its own ordinance.”
The city’s new pay classification plan was then introduced in the first reading of Ordinance No. 2017-7. Ordinance No. 2017-7 sets the class title, number of positions available and minimum and maximum pay rate for those working in the city’s administrative, police, street, recreation, fire and tourism departments. Strong reports there are no major changes to the compensation plan; again, this action is done simply to separate the plan from the personnel policy. For the complete list of pay classifications, see the chart to the right.
Corey Moren, ABC administrator, reports that among the changes to the personnel policy include an updated drug testing policy.
“It’s basically had a complete overhaul. Once this is in place, we plan to apply with the state to become a certified drug-free work place. That should create a pretty good discount for us when it comes time to renew workers’ comp[ensation] next year,” said Moren.
The second reading of both ordinances will be held at 6 p.m. at the January 4 meeting held at City Hall.
In other City Council news, Chris Mills’ city attorney legal contract was renewed for another year, set to expire on December 31, 2018. The same terms and conditions apply, set at $300 per month.
Finally, Randell Young was appointed to the Cumberland Valley Regional Board of Ethics and Anita Taylor, Earl Hammons and Corey Chesnut were appointed to the Code Enforcement Board. The code enforcement positions will expire January 8, 2021.