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County Commissioners okay new time-keeping policy for employees

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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 document.

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.

Commissioner Laura 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 it through.”

Commissioner Jim 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.”

Other Approvals

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.

David Hollenbeck 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.


Posted 2/14/2018




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