Council addresses city’s policy manual
by Tim Delaney
Feb 09, 2014 | 275 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
REFUGIO – The Refugio City Council discussed cleaning up its Personnel Policies Manual and making it more defined at its meeting Jan. 28.

Councilman Dale Skrobarcek said because of recent city employee events, the policies manual should be cleaned up from redundancies.

He said the mayor and city council are one body that should be collectively referred to as “the council” in the manual.

Skrobarcek said the same standards for employees should remain.

However, he said he wanted the process for termination to be consistent.

City Attorney Steve Hilmy said currently the city addresses termination two ways: The department head terminates an employee, who then can appeal to the city council in a grievance hearing. Or the employee is suspended without pay and the city council determines if the employee is terminated, eliminating any grievance hearing.

Recently, two employees were terminated by a city department head, the council heard the employees’ grievances and were reinstated.

Skrobarcek said he preferred the second approach of suspension and the council making the termination determination.

Hilmy said he would go over the policies manual, reword it so redundancies were taken out and the single process for termination written in. Once he has reworked the policies manual, he would bring it back to the council.

In a related item, Skrobarcek said he wanted clarification on how agenda items were placed on the agenda.

Mayor Joey Heard said the council and residents should contact him by 4 p.m. Thursday, before the council’s Tuesday meeting to place items on the agenda.

The council also received the resignation of the city’s water and wastewater superintendant Jose DeLeon, who was hired three months ago.

“I regretfully make a motion to accept the resignation ... It is a big loss,” said Councilwoman Karen Watts.

Skrobarcek made the second.

The council also approved an election notice for the May 10 Refugio City Council election.

Up for election are Place 3, now held by Lenny Anzaldua; Place 4, now held by Frank Hosey; and Place 5, now held by Dale Skrobarcek.

The council also approved $10,000 in hotel occupancy tax money for the Refugio Chamber of Commerce.

Also, the council approved $2,125 in HOT money for the Refugio County Historical Commission.

And the Refugio County Country Club was awarded $1,580.40 in HOT money.
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