Monday’s City Council meeting brought the passage of two changes to the rules of the city, alleviating some concerns of a few people.
The changes, in order of amount of discussion caused, were to the city employee direct deposit process and the resolution establishing fees for the pet ordinance that passed somewhat recently.
The city currently pays some of its employees with a process that is not actually direct deposit, but works essentially the same.
The plan is to change over to an actual direct deposit through Independence Bank, which, when kicking off, will require the first pay period to be shortened because of time card due dates changing.
Originally the city was going to enact the policy change on Jan 1, but several employees were concerned about their first post-holiday paycheck being smaller than usual. So before the meeting the date of the change-over was moved to March 1, to allow employees time to prepare for it.
James Smith, a maintenance worker for the city’s Public Works Department, had these concerns and was grateful to the city for hearing the concerns and acting to take care of them.
“I appreciate this because this was a big issue,” Smith said to the council. “I was worried about getting through Christmas and paying bills. I really do appreciate you guys hearing us.”
The other change on the resolution establishing fee amounts on the pet ordinance.
The resolution previously had a $12 initial impound fee and $5 notice fee for animals brought in by animal control. Mayor Tim Solomon said that the city attorneys took issue with these fees.
So the council approved the fees being removed from the resolution and passed the rest.