Full-time and part-time city employees will be receiving yet another deferred payment to start their new year after the Helena-West Helena City Council approved the request at Tuesday night’s council session. 

 



Full-time and part-time city employees will be receiving yet another deferred payment to start their new year after the Helena-West Helena City Council approved the request at Tuesday night’s council session. 
Council member Lakesia Chandler presented the council with a second deferred payment request, just weeks after the council granted a cost of living adjustment and an additional incentive, requesting a $400 payment for full-time employees and $200 for part-time employees. 
Council members spent little time discussing the motion, but some council members strongly opposed it. 
“I am not in favor of this motion,” commented councilman Joe St. Columbia who ultimately voted a hefty “no.”  Councilman Jay Hollowell agreed.  
In other matters, Mayor Arnell Willis briefly discussed the current practice of “buying or selling” vacations saying that “This should not be permitted in 2012.” 
Willis stated that employees are being paid twice because once they have decided to ask for their vacation time off, they decide to work the hours for their regular pay. 
“The problem is that we can’t predict payroll and I wish to discourage this kind of upset in 2012,” commented Willis. 
St. Columbia made a motion to discontinue the practice of buying or selling vacation time beginning Jan. 1. 
City Clerk Sandi Ramsey commented that a 2007 ordinance outlined the same problem and City Attorney Chalk Mitchell would have to amend the ordinance for 2012.