Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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County working on policy changes

Proposal combines time off.

LEXINGTON—Dawson County employees have proposed policy changes that could combine vacation time and sick leave into personal paid time off.

It’s a common practice in the corporate world.

Many employers offer a specific number of days for vacation and sick leave.

The county’s current policy allows employees who have worked five years or less to earn eight hours of vacation each month. Those employed more than five years earn 10 hours per month.

Everyone gets eight hours of sick leave each month.

A newer, common practice in many corporations is to provide a set amount of paid days off that can be used for various reason at the employee’s discretion.

County attorney Liz Waterman told commissioners during their regular bimonthly meeting on Thursday that elected officials have reviewed several policy models to come up with a paid time off proposal which combines sick leave and vacation time earned.

It is the first area of the employee policies to be revised.

Waterman said a revision to the paid time off policy would give employees greater flexibility.

Commissioners will consider the final proposal at their next meeting scheduled for Dec. 20.

In other business, commissioners tentatively scheduled a public hearing on the county’s comprehensive plan approved by the planning and zoning commission.

Zoning administrator Pam Holbrook said the planning commission approved several language changes as well as adding an element which addresses wind energy.

Public input must be allowed prior to comprehensive plan changes.

In other business, the county board:

learned concrete work at the Dawson County Transit building is complete. The cost will be covered by grant funds.

approved a contract with Dawson Area Development to serve as the contract administrator for work to be done at the Dawson County Museum. DAD was the only organization to submit a proposal.

authorized the county attorney’s office to send a letter directing the owner of a privately-owned sign to remove it from county right-of-way south of Overton. Landowner Rick Lammers wants to construct a culvert and driveway into his farm ground but a sign, advertising private repair service, is in the way. After confirming the sign is on county property, commissioners agreed to require its removal.

changed the next board meeting from the traditional 15th of the month to the 20th to accommodate statewide county meetings.