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Preston City Hall remodel progressing

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner

The Preston City Council for the first time in over a month met in their city council chambers for their October 15 meeting. The last few meetings have been held in the fire hall while city hall was being remodeled. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

The city staff and council members now sit around a horseshoe-shaped table. A large video aid screen will provide citizens attending the meeting with information on topics being discussed. The room is much brighter due to better lighting, lighter colored walls, and larger windows which allow more natural light during daylight hours.

Outside the walkway in front of the office has been newly paved with paving stones and a new retaining wall has been built to replace the wall that was leaning and crumbling.

Other Business In Brief

•An addition to the city personnel policy was approved that will allow employees needing workers compensation for work-related injuries or illnesses the opportunity to use accrued sick leave time to fill the three-day gap before workers compensation kicks in. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said that an employee will not be able to make more money while injured than he or she would normally. The intention is to allow employees to receive an amount equal to the employee’s regular gross salary.

•Additional language was approved for the S & S Sanitation contract dealing with fees charged for the usage of credit cards. Hoffman said the language makes sure the the sanitation company pays their portion of the credit card fee for their portion of the Utility payments. The Utility accepts credit card payments, and Hoffman noted that they don’t know what percent of customers pay by credit card. An additional three cents per month will be charged to customers to allow the sanitation company to recover the credit card fee. Hoffman said the provision will be revenue neutral.

•The council accepted the generous donation of nine used Kenwood narrowbandable mobile radios from the Houston Fire Department, which is upgrading to 800 MHz radios. The city will send a letter of thanks to the Houston Fire Department.

•The city shop renovation and addition has been completed. There will be an open house held by the Utility on Friday October 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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