Waelder CC alters city pay schedule
WAELDER — Employees of the City of Waelder will have get to used to a new pay schedule after the City Council agreed to alter it during its regular meeting Tuesday night.
City attorney Angela Beck told the council they needed to amend the city’s personnel manual in order to bring some uniformity to the manner in which city employees receive their pay.
“There’s a discrepancy between your personnel manual and your practice of payment,” she said. “Your policy says salaried employees are paid twice a month and hourly employees are paid weekly. I think right now everybody is being paid weekly.”
The city’s accountant, David Urban, expressed his desire to Beck to see everyone paid bi-weekly because it would be easier to manage from an accounting standpoint.
City administrator Avery Williams and the members of the Waelder Police Department are currently the only salaried city employees.
City councilman Valentino Hernandez made a motion to switch everyone to bi-weekly payment effective July 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year. The motion was seconded by councilwoman Becky Ayala and passed unanimously.
The council also agreed to amend the personnel manual to create a new policy regarding employee sick leave and vacation time.
“In discussing various personnel issues it has been brought to my attention that there really is no set process or form used city-wide for employees to request sick or vacation time,” Beck said. “There’s got to be some recordkeeping, but the personnel manual doesn’t specifically address that.”
Upon Beck’s recommendation, the council altered Section G of the manual to state all requests for vacation time be submitted in advance to the employee’s supervisor, who will be responsible for approving or disapproving the time requested. The supervisor will also be required to deliver said forms to the payroll clerk every week, who will in turn adjust the employee’s leave records accordingly.
The council also approved the creation of subsections “j” and “k,” which deal with sick leave. Under the new rules, all employees (whether salaried or hourly) are required to be on duty as scheduled and required to leave a sick leave form when they cannot be there due to illness.
In another agenda item, Beck introduced Jessica Canales of Gonzales as the new city secretary during open forum.