Vandalia City Council approves changes in personnel policies

VANDALIA — The Vandalia City Council approved changes to the city’s personnel manual Monday evening that could affect employees if the city was faced with making layoffs.

While most of the changes to the policy manual were housekeeping in nature, the changes adopted Monday contained five significant changes that:

  • Make layoffs merit based and dependent on an employee’s performance instead of being based on length of service;
  • Assert the city’s home rule authority to adopt personnel policies and procedures that supersede state statutes;
  • Expanded the criteria for which a civil service candidate may be removed from consideration. Additions include the inability to perform essential job functions without a reasonable accommodation, poor work habits or performance with previous employers, poor driving record, numerous debts, a dismissal from a previous employer for delinquency or misconduct, and adding a “serious misdemeanor” in addition to a felony conviction.
  • Allowing a civil service appointment to be made from one of the top five candidates rather than the top candidate;
  • Implementation of a tobacco use policy that prohibits use of tobacco products in all city-owned facilities and vehicles except in designated areas. The city will assist employees who wish to quit tobacco use by facilitating access to recommended smoking cessation programs and materials.

The changes became effective immediately upon passage.

A full video of the meeting is here:

The City also approved a resolution accepting the amounts and rate of taxation set by the Montgomery County Budget Commission. The city’s property tax rate for 2016 will be 4.14 mils which will generate just over $1.2 million for the general fund and $95,072 for the Police Pension Fund.

Vandalia’s 4.14 mils is among the lowest in Montgomery County with only Brookville and Centerville being lower.

In other action, Council approved:

  • Authorized City Manager Jon Crusey to continue the city’s participation in the BusinessFirst! Retention and Expansion program at a cost of $1,500. The BusinessFirst! program operates under an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with participating jurisdictions and is intended to support the growth and retention of local businesses.
  • Offering employees Health Risk Assessments through Interactive Health as part of the city’s goal to control health care costs. The city will offer employees gift cards as incentives to participate
  • Amended the contract for tax collection service with the city of Brookville at the city’s new rate of $26.55 per account for 2016 with an annual increase of five percent;
  • Declined to ask for a hearing for a new liquor license for the National Road Drive Thru;
  • Approved a donation of two surplus stretchers to Box 21 Rescue Squad, a volunteer fire/EMS/rescue non-profit that provides services to public service organizations throughout Montgomery County. The value of the two stretchers is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

Crusey also announced that, in honor of Fire Prevention Month in October, the Division of Fire will be hosting an open house on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 1-3 p.m at Fire Station One on Peters Pike.

Crusey also released a map of route numbers and leaf collection dates for 2015. The full schedule including a map and a list by street name is available here.