On Monday October 4, a special call meeting to address some personnel matters in the city’s water department did not flow well so the issue was not resolved.
In a written statement dated October 6, City Clerk Kaneilia Williams said to the board members, “This meeting was to assure that the water department was full staffed, able to be trained on today, and that services to citizens would not be interrupted.”
However, that was not the case. According to Williams, three aldermen were in attendance at that meeting (enough for a quorum), but the potential new employee was not hired. “Motion made to go into executive; failed, no second,” Williams wrote.
In addition, the resignation of a water clerk was not accepted. Williams said, “Motion made; failed, no second.” Williams further stated, “This indecision has hindered progress in the Office of the City Clerk/Water Department and causes citizens to be inconvenienced.”
Williams said the meeting was called out of a sense of urgency because a water department clerk had tendered a resignation on September 28. She stated that the parting clerk had agreed to cover the water department during a scheduled training session on October 6 because she was resigning and would not need to attend the training.
However, Williams said she received a text message from that clerk on the morning of the training stating that she did not feel well, would not be at work that day and that she quit, making October 6 her last day.
On Monday morning of this week, no assigned water clerks were on duty and water payments were being remitted to the city’s HR/Payroll clerk.
Williams said, “Because of the board’s indecision at that Monday’s special call meeting, the water department’s services to citizens will be reduced and the city will have to pay for an additional training for the person that will be hired in the future.”
Williams informed the city’s decision-making body that the water department would be closed for that Wednesday and would continue to be understaffed until they could meet and approve a new hire.
With apparent reference to their inability to complete the proposed official actions, Williams said, “Should such an instance occur again in the future, I am requesting the full support of this board so that services to citizens are not interrupted.”