In a vote that ended in a tie breaking decision by Mayor Emerson Lundy, Vienna officials, at their Monday meeting, approved changing the pay period for city employees from a weekly to a bi-weekly basis.
The suggestion for the change came from City Administrator Gail Bembry who says that moving to the bi-weekly pay period will be beneficial in that it will clear every other week with no accounting.
Council member Walter Brown informed the board that he had talked with the city workforce to obtain feedback from the workers, who will be the ones ultimately effected by the change.
“There were only a few that said the change would not matter to them,” said Brown. “Most of the employees would like to see things stay the way they are.”
Fellow Council member Brenda Gramm said that the board needs to think about efficiency. She, along with councilwoman Beth English voted to approve the bi-weekly pay scale while Brown, and Council member and Mayor-elect Eddie Daniels voted for the pay to remain on a weekly basis.
Mayor Lundy voted in favor of the change which goes into effect in January of 2012.
In other business:
• Council approved a plan by Sowega Engineering to provide an estimate of the cost to remove concrete which was dumped on city property around the railroad track near the police station on Union Street.
• A recommendation to accept a letter of agreement from the Carl Vinson Institute of the University of Georgia for a pay scale/job classification plan for city employees was approved.
English said that she has received complaints from citizens that the city has too many employees, and too many of them are paid too much. The study, which will cost $7,500 will take about six months and should be completed around mid-July.
• With the renovations on the business spec building to be completed later this month, council approved a recommendation to transfer the land back to the Downtown Development Authority. The DDA will then sell the property and reimburse the city the $70,000 invested in the renovations.