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City approves employee handbook changes
Houston County Courier - May 2008
By Daphne Hereford
Managing Editor

In a unanimous vote Monday night, May 19, members of Crockett City Council approved a resolution amending the employee handbook.

The amendments approved included clarifying vacation and sick pay earned by fulltime employees and eliminating the online option for employees to obtain a GED.

City Administrator Ron Duncan said several city employees had taken advantage of the continuing education options offered by the city.

Amendments to the guidelines for the responsible use of city issued cell phones by department heads was also included in the resolution.

Department heads will be limited to 400 minutes during peak hours of 7 a.m.-9 p.m. If they exceed the limit they will be required to justify the overage or reimburse the city for the cost.

Councilman Bill Holcomb suggested the resolution be approved not including the individual department head's phone numbers.

The amendments also addressed outside compensation.

The resolution states that an employee of the city cannot receive compensation from another employer for services performed during the city's normal scheduled workweek hours.

Police Chief Jimmy Fisher said he had discussed with the city administrator police officers working extra jobs during their off-duty time.

Fisher said the police department does not allow officers to work for other departments while working for the City of Crockett, "That would be unethical," he said.

Council tabled an ordinance for commercial filming in the city to allow the city administrator time to confirm that the ordinance is the same being used by the other cities participating.

Duncan said Crockett would be basically joining with other East Texas cities and the East Texas Film Commission to promote the area to be used for filming.

Council approved bids on tax trust properties presented during the meeting.

A request from Piney Woods Fine Arts Association to close Fifth Street between Anson Jones and Alamo streets for four Tuesdays during the Summer Nights presentations was approved.  

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