GF council to review hiring policies for city personnel

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

GREEN FOREST -- The rules behind the hiring of all personnel in each city department will probably soon change, said Mayor Richard Deweese at a Monday agenda meeting.

He said in the current handbook, it states that hiring can be done by the mayor and the council, but also says that the mayor may delegate that responsibility to supervisors.

"My thought is that the supervisors should be doing the hiring," said Deweese, "but in the past the council has wanted to be more involved."

The policy is expected to be re-written at the regular council meeting next Monday, where Deweese says they will find a "common ground."

In other business, South Springfield Avenue resident Tom Garrett told council members that his house was overrun with stray dogs and cats and expressed concern about the city not having a facility to house them.

"The cats have ruined my neighbor's porch furniture," said Garrett, who added that he had purchased his own traps and had been releasing the strays to the animal control officer.

"But I was told that after March, he can't take (cats) anymore," explained Garrett.

Police Chief John Bailey stated that the city had been using the Berryville facility for stray cats and there was no room to house them at the Green Forest kennel.

Earlier this year, the Green Forest council decided to end an intergovernmental agreement with Berryville, in which the two cities shared an animal control officer and a building inspector.

Also in the agreement, Berryville provided use of its kennel, as well as the animal control truck, cages and equipment.

A 60-day notice was given to Berryville, which means the agreement will end on March 1.

"We've got to have a kennel and do it quick," explained Garrett.

Deweese assured Garrett that the city "would find a place."

Also at the meeting, a letter from the Sheriff's Department that asks for an increase in funds to go toward county dispatcher salaries was circulated among council members.

In other business, Alderman Janet Jones asked to be on the agenda to speak about a playground improvement project.

She is expected to pass out brochures on playground equipment and water parks.

These topics will be discussed at the council's regular meeting next Monday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in city hall.

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