Village officials taking a look at employee rules, regulations


BELLVILLE — Village officials are wrestling with what constitutes appropriate rules and regulations in handling workers for Bellville.

Should there be rules governing dismissals, the amount of money that can be spent for meals while in training, or sick days off? These are questions committee members discussed at a meeting last week.

A handbook listing village rules was last studied in 2012. That means some wording in the book, or legality of some provisions, could be subject to criticism or misuse.

Committee member Jason Guilliams said some wording regarding sick days off needed to be clarified.

Rewording would get “rid of gaming altogether,” Guilliams said. He suggested that three unscheduled occurrences in a six month period without confirmation by a doctor could result in disciplinary action.

People can accumulate up to three days off for sickness, and that would be one occurrence, Guilliams said. Keeping adding days off without corroboration from a doctor would drive the need for disciplinary action, he said.

Guilliams, who is new to council this year, once worked in human resources for the Longaberger Company.

The committee agreed that employees who have been with the village for 15 years would be entitled to four weeks off as vacation.

Guilliams said he thought making vacation time more accessible could help the village “retain talent.”

The amount of money employees could spent for meals if they were on a training session trip was discussed. Guilliams said he thought the amount allowed — a lump sum figure of $25 for a day — was unrealistic. The committee decided workers could have $10 for breakfast, $15 for lunch and $20 for dinner. Those amounts are maximum expenditures.

A discussion about running employees’ driving records will be referred to Sarah and Jeff Mussman, village solicitors. Those records are run by the village for people who hire on in a position that requires a CDL license, said village administrator Larry Weirich.

The committee also included Veterans’ Day in a list of official holidays for village employees.

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Bellville village administrator Larry Weirich sits with council member Jason Guilliams and mayor Teri Brenkus at a committee meeting. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star
http://www.thebellvillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2017/09/web1_finance.jpgBellville village administrator Larry Weirich sits with council member Jason Guilliams and mayor Teri Brenkus at a committee meeting. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star

By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER

lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com