The Porter County
Board of Commissioners approved a new timekeeping policy for county
employees at its meeting Tuesday morning.
At its last
meeting, the Board solicited feedback from department heads on how a new
timekeeping policy can best work for employees. On Tuesday the Board
approved a policy which County Attorney Scott McClure said will be a living
McClure has worked
with County Auditor Vicki Urbanik and HR Director Heather Shearer to develop
the policy. A start date for everyone to make the switch needs to be decided
soon, he said. Urbanik reported that two offices are already settled in
using the new software, and 10 more are in the process of switching.
Blaney, D-South, reiterated that the Board will continue to listen to
feedback until the program is rolled out. “I’m sure there’s some people we
haven’t taken into consideration, so if something is not working, let’s talk
Biggs, R-North, for his part, noted that the switch was a long time coming.
“It has everything to do with efficiency. The last major rewrite of county
policies was done in the 90s.”
In other business,
the Commissioners approved the Porter County Expo Center’s annual
advertising agreement: $750 per month.
The Board also
approved 25 artistic services agreements for the upcoming performance of
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the Memorial Opera House, and Director Scot
MacDonald received approval to purchase production rights for Disney’s
“Alice in Wonderland” for $990.
The Porter County
Animal Shelter received permission to purchase a new copier for $4,863. The
new model will replace an old black and white one.
and Lorelei Weimer received approval for the Porter County Convention,
Visitor, and Recreation Commission’s cooperative funding commitment. Per the
agreement, PCCRVC will share the annual proceeds of the innkeeper’s tax with
the County Parks Department, the Memorial Opera House, the Expo Center, and
the jail museum.
In addition, the
Board approved an amendment to the County’s agreement with CivicPlus to
provide text alerts to residents. The amendment makes it possible for 500
more people to sign up for alerts and costs at additional $900 annually.
Finally, the Board
opted to re-appoint Rondi Whiteman as its appointment to the Westchester
Public Library Board of Trustees.