Meridian Star

January 16, 2013

Council tables vote on handbook

By Terri Ferguson Smith / tsmith@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     The Meridian City Council on Tuesday delayed action on a new city of Meridian employee handbook.

    Attorney Will Simmons was on hand to answer questions about the book, which had not been revised since 1982.

    Ward 5 Councilman Bobby Smith said he could not vote in favor of adopting the handbook yet because he had not had time to read it. He also said he wanted to see the old handbook to compare it and study whatever changes had been made.

    "The primary focus was, the old employee handbook did not address violence, workplace violence," Simmons said.

    It also did not include social media policies, he said.

    "What it is, in a nutshell, is a compilation of policies and procedures already in place, already approved, in one document," said Tim Miller, chief administrative officer for the city of Meridian. "Right now it's scattered all over and most employees who have not been here a long time have no idea."

    Ward 5 Councilman Jessie Palmer agreed that the Council should wait until it has time to read all of the book before approving it.

    A motion to table the matter passed unanimously.

    In other action, the Council approved acceptance of two Homeland Security grants, which together total approximately $18.000.

    The Council also approved a proclamation by Mayor Cheri Barry declaring Jan. 27 through Feb. 1 as "Catholic Schools Week."

    City Attorney Ronnie Walton told the Council that a second redistricting plan has been submitted to the Department of Justice. DOJ must pre-clear all voting changes before city elections, scheduled for this year, can go forward. DOJ has 60 days to approve or reject the city's redistricting plan.