Minutes of the November 29, 2017 Special Session11/29/2017
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TOWN OF WOLCOTT SPECIAL SESSION

 

The Council of the Town of Wolcott met Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Community Room of the Wolcott Town Hall for a Special Session.  Present were Council President Michael A. Yelton, Vice President Fred A. Young, Council members Tina M. Orns, Michael J. Johnson, and Stephen Schemerhorn.  Also present were Water & Street Supt. Robert Thomas, Wastewater Supt. Chad Reynolds and Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Merri K. Schieler.

 

Council President Michael A. Yelton opened the meeting by opening the floor to the town employees to discuss any and all topics they wish.  He conveyed that all employees should share thoughts in a truthful and honest manner so all concerns are felt.

 

Wastewater Supt. Chad Reynolds started by saying the policy of flex time vs comp time shows no appreciation for the extra weekend and evenings he and Water & Street Supt. Robert Thomas put in to keeping the town functioning.  No immediate action was taken.

 

A lengthy discussion ensued in regard to health insurance premiums paid by the town for employees and dependents.  Options were discussed like averaging all premium costs then giving each employee the same amount.  This thought was intended to pay for the health insurance provided for by the town, which is not a possibility since the insurance company dictates the premiums dependent upon the actual person(s) insured.  It was determined to keep insurance premiums paid by the town for employees and dependents as is.

 

It was suggested that Council members be paid per meeting not in a lump sum per year.  No immediate action was taken.

 

The stick ordinance was discussed, and appreciation was given by the town employees that this concern of the town has been resolved.   Council President Michael A. Yelton requested that Water & Street Supt. Robert Thomas and Wastewater Supt. Chad Reynolds take care of the grounds at Town Hall as Clerk-Treasurer Tammy L. Seward no longer will.  This request was accepted by Water & Street Supt. Robert Thomas and Wastewater Supt. Chad Reynolds.

 

Water & Street Supt. Robert Thomas and Wastewater Supt. Chad Reynolds requested that any complaints about them are shared with them in a prompt manner.  They also requested that they not be required to ask permission before traveling to another town to procure supplies or whatnot on town business.  These requests were granted by Council as a whole.

 

Council was asked why Bob Stortz must be hired to help with leaves if the work load (at the time) allowed the full-time employees to take care of this task.  It was conveyed by Council that it is not a requirement but at the discretion of the full-time employees when they need Bob Stortz?s assistance.

 

Discussion was had about procuring a time clock, why was it necessary and where did the suggestion come from.  Water & Street Supt. Robert Thomas and Wastewater Supt. Chad Reynolds felt as they were being singled out for this, but it was shared that Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Merri K. Schieler would also have to use the time clock if it was purchased.  It was shared that at this time no time clock would be purchased.

 

A discussion about water sales and rates ensued.  Information was provided that said the town is currently selling less gallons of water than in previous years, thus less revenue is coming into the town.  Water & Street Supt. Robert Thomas and Wastewater Supt. Chad Reynolds shared their concern and disappointment that water rates have not been adjusted recently.  If rates had been raised frequently in the past such a large increase would not be needed in the near future.  Concern was shared that the town had paid around $8,000 for a rate study that ultimately showed the town should increase rate at that time but nothing was done.  This just put the town in a worse situation financially that could have been relieved to some extent by more water revenue.  Council Member Tina M. Orns suggested that a rate increase should be considered in the very near future to help make the necessary increases due to the new WTF gradual.  No immediate action was taken.

 

 

 

 

 

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