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Council keeps employees work schedule the same

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“I have concerns about efficiency in the heat after 10 hours,” he said. “I talked to a factory owner who tried 10-hour days. He said production went down due to fatigue in the later part of the day.”

Ward 4 Councilor Joe Hayes also agreed with the others saying he did not think 10 hours in summer heat was a good idea.

As a consequence Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines withdrew his proposal to change the employees’ schedule. He also agreed to keep a closer eye on employees during working hours.

In regular session, the council heard from Joe Evins, a member of this year’s Leadership Wilson class, that the old courthouse clock is at the factory and will return to Lebanon soon.

He said his group would like to clear and replant the area at the corner of  Highway 231 South and the Square so the clock could be placed there on a wrought iron pole until such time as it can be more permanently placed.

The council asked him to return with a more detailed site plan and also suggested the group might want to conceder placing the clock at the Farmers’ Market instead.

Local farmers Alice Tubb and Kathy Gray also approached the council about the farmers market, requesting rules and enforcement for the market.

The two women said outsiders, sometimes called pen hookers, are bringing in wholesale produce and telling customers it is locally grown.

They also said the pen hookers sometimes crowd out local farmers who bring their produce to sell.

The council agreed to look into the matter.

The Dixie Majors were recognized by the council as the first Little League team from Lebanon to take a state championship. The team, which won every game it played this season, will be leaving for Pascagoula, Miss. to play in the National World Series Friday. Anyone wishing to contribute to the team’s expenses for the trip can call Richard Whitner at THW Insurance at 443-3849.

Farmer, in the mayor pro tem report, pointed out that sales tax revenues are still down, by 7 percent last month, over last year.

Buhler inquired about the situation with the codes director having issued multiple citations and Commissioner of Public Safety Billy weeks said she had agreed to no longer issue multiple citations for the same address.

Buhler explained that he wanted it made clear that he did want the codes enforced, but he wanted to be sure enforcement was fair and equal.

Farmer asked that the council approve a proclamation at its next meeting recognizing Lochinvar, which received a national award for its treatment of employees who serve in the National Guard or Armed Services reserves.

The council also questioned Bill Durham, personnel director, about a possible policy concerning employee break times.

Durham said the city has no policy and that breaks are set by each individual supervisor.

The concern was caused by reports that a city employee is taking a break to go jogging within a half-hour after arriving at work in the morning.

Warmath asked the council to do something about getting tourism information about Lebanon to surrounding rest areas. She said she has been stopping at these rest areas and every other nearby community, including Mt. Juliet and Murfreesboro has flyers there, but not Lebanon.

The council asked Finance Commissioner Russell Lee to look into the matter and report back.

The council then deferred action on four ordinances to shift funds from one line item to another to finish closing out last year’s budget.

They also passed ordinances to purchase a sewer camera for $9,518, and eight police cars for $177,312 from Alexander Ford.

They approved a bid of $911,786.62 from RMC to construct Duke Drive and Leviton Drive. The project is funded by a pass-through grant from the state.

They also agreed to support the application for a similar grant to provide infrastructure improvements for the new location of Cintas Corporation, a company that provides rental uniforms.

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