County employees to be paid for missed time

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

By Scott Loftis

Carroll County employees who have to miss time at work because of circumstances related to the COVID-19 virus won’t have to worry about losing pay.

The Carroll County Quorum Court approved an emergency ordinance at its meeting Monday night authorizing full pay for employees who are placed on quarantine or diagnosed with COVID-19, without affecting the employee’s leave bank.

The ordinance also gives elected officials discretion to identify an employee subject to quarantine based on identified risk factors or specific information related to travel locations, high-risk transmission settings or personal contact with a presumptive case of COVID-19.

Employees who are exhibiting undiagnosed symptoms consistent with COVID-19, who need to care for an immediate family member who is under quarantine or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who need to stay home with a school-aged child whose school has been closed may choose to stay home without being subject to disciplinary action but must use any accrued time off.

Family Medical Leave Act leave will go into effect after three days for eligible employees, and the certification process will be waived.

“I believe we owe this to our employees,” District 2 Justice of the Peace Chuck Olson said. “We need to do as much as we can because everyone is going to be affected by the coronavirus.”

In response to a question from District 3 JP Harrie Farrow, County Clerk Connie Doss said the ordinance may be superseded by federal or state legislation.

JPs approved the emergency ordinance by a vote of 10-0. District 4 JP Marty Johnson was absent.

In other business Monday, the quorum court:

• approved a supplemental appropriation ordinance appropriating $27,501.98 received from an insurance claim to the courthouse fund;

• approved a supplemental appropriation ordinance appropriating $920.83 to the court security grant fund;

• approved a supplemental appropriation ordinance appropriating $14,988.50 received through a grant to the South Carroll County Volunteer Fire Department to purchase extrication equipment;

• and approved a resolution supporting the efforts of the Berryville Library Advisory Board and the Friends of the Berryville Library to raise money for the construction of a new public library in Berryville.

All of those measures were approved by votes of 10-0.

The quorum court’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the courtroom of the Carroll County Eastern District Courthouse in Berryville.

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