Suwannee Democrat


December 13, 2013

Live Oak City Council round-up

Live Oak —

The Live Oak City Council had their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Live Oak City Hall. Several items were on the agenda for the evening meeting. Here is a brief rundown from the meeting. 

“Use it or lose it” on hold for now

City Administrator Kerry Waldron told the council an agreement had been reached with the Live Oak Fire Union’s collective bargaining unit regarding the paid time off policy. The council voted 5-0 to accept the negotiations between the city and the union. However, discussions later in the meeting ultimately ended with the council voting 3-2 putting a moratorium on the policy referring to paid time off, known as “Use it or lose it.” Councilors Jacob Grantham and Adam Prins voted against.

Councilor John Yulee said he was concerned that department heads were restricting their employees from using their paid time off, causing them to lose their earned time if not used by Jan. 31. 

Yulee recommended the policy go before a committee for a recommendation moving forward. 

Waldron asked the board to consider placing a moratorium on the policy for 90 days, to give his staff and committee time to prepare a recommendation. 

The motion passed 3-2.

City administrator gains power under new ordinance

With little discussion, the councilors voted 4-1 Tuesday night to pass the second and final reading of Ordinance 1347, which will give the city administrator position the authority to discipline at-will employees, excluding termination. Councilor Bennie Thomas voted against.

The ordinance changes the authority of the city administrator and allows him to discipline as needed at-will department heads up to, but excluding, termination. 

If the charter review committee recommends the city manager form of government it will go on a ballot, and if the voters vote for a city manager rather than a city administrator, then the city manager would have exclusive rights to discipline.

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