The Cedaredge Town Board dealt with personnel matters at its April 18 meeting. One item concerned the hiring of a new employee in the Cedaredge Golf Course pro shop.
The trustees were asked to give hiring approval for Barbara Murphy to work in the pro shop. Murphy is the wife of Cedaredge Golf Course professional Larry Murphy.
Town administrator Katie Sickles explained that an employee manual statement regarding "nepotism" made it necessary for the trustees to approve the hiring.
"I am looking for a thumbs-up to approve this hire in conflict with the employee manual," Sickles told the trustees.
The pro shop position is part-time and seasonal, said Mayor Pat Means. The position is minimum wage, offers no benefits package, and is not subject to annual supervisor evaluation. øThe mayor and Sickles both also noted that a letter of support for the hire had been signed by others employees on the current pro shop staff.
The trustee "thumbs up" vote was conducted one "thumbs down" cast by Trustee Larry Smith.
Also at the town board's April 18 meeting some trustee and staff liaison assignments were handed out by Means. The assignments are as follows: Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, Katie Sickles; Club 20, Larry Smith; Surface Creek Area Planning Committee, Ray Hanson;
Delta County Economic Development, Sickles and Means; Juvenile Diversion, Police Chief Robert Yant; Delta County Housing Authority, Ken Simpson; Region 10, Nancy Sturgill; Gunnison Valley Transit, Sickles and Means; Enhancement, Sturgill and Gene Welch; Recreation and Culture, Smith; community kitchen project, Sturgill; Cedaredge Business Support (CBS), Welch and Smith; Cedaredge Tree Board, Dayton Myers; Cedaredge Planning Commission, Means and Hanson; historic preservation, Means.
In other business at their April meeting, the Cedaredge Town Board dealt with the following business:
• Police Chief Robert Yant reported on the availability of grants for training that the department is seeking. Noting the importance of ongoing training for officers, Yant said, "These grants are of great benefit to us and they save the town a lot of money."
• Town Administrator Katie Sickles announced a May 9 event at the Community Center being hosted by SourceGas. The day-long session will be for answering questions about the availability of natural gas service in areas to the north, east, and west of Cedaredge where the service has not been available before.
• The trustees acted on a recommendation by public works that a Stage I drought condition statement be adopted. Under the town's Drought Response Plan, Stage I calls for some voluntary water conservation measures to be adopted by customers of the town's water utility.
• Golf Course Professional Larry Murphy said that water conservation measures are being employed at the course including aeration of greens and night watering.
• Trustees set May 9 as the date to hold an executive session at the request of the police chief to discuss matters of department administration. The session is set to begin at 7 p.m. prior to the town board's regular monthly work session.blog comments powered by Disqus