The Scottsboro City Council approved updates to the city’s employee handbook at its dual session Monday evening.

City of Scottsboro Human Resources Director Erin Green discussed the updates during the work session part of the meeting on Monday. She said department heads have been meeting with the mayor since 2014 and discussing updates to the employee handbook. Green said most of the policies are already in place, but they just needed to be updated in the handbook.

Scottsboro Mayor Robin Shelton said the biggest change in the handbook was that city employees will be able to roll their sick hours into the Retirement System of Alabama and those hours will be credited to their retirement account. They will also have a choice to sell all of their sick days for 50%.

Council member Mike Ashburn asked if employees had to choose which option they wanted to use, or if they could participate in both. Green said they will have to do one or the other.

Shelton said he was excited about the changes made in the employee handbook. He said it would be another added benefit for the City of Scottsboro’s employees.

The council also awarded a bit for the Solid Waste Recycling Facility. The bid was awarded to Jimmy Trailer Construction. It approved a resolution to surplus Street Department property.

It approved a resolution for one-time holidays for city employees. City employees will be off on Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. The council also approved a $2,000 budget amendment for the newly created Historic Preservation Commission.

It also approved Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG) fees for a demolition grant. The fees amount to $19,348. The grant was awarded to the city to remove abandoned and blighted properties in the city.

This was the council’s last meeting of the year. Its next meeting will be on Jan. 6, 2020.

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