Stooksbury asks board for commitment

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By Natasha Colbaugh

During a special called meeting of the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Mayor Robert Stooksbury requested the board’s consideration about employee hours.

Though the meeting was called to pass the 2009 building codes in its final reading, the mayor got silent as he seriously addressed the board.

“I wanted to talk about and get a consensus that the 32 hour situation be a last resort,” said Stooksbury.

The board recently reversed the 32-hour workweek for employee that had been active for over three months because of revenue hardship. Since the town’s bank balance had increased and the time frame allotted for the lost hours was achieved, the board reestablished full-time employee hours to 40.

At the regular meeting of the Caryville board, street department director David Muse said he was leaving his position. Muse said the cut in hours was part of the reason he gave his notice.

These reasons combined with lowered employee morale prompted Stooksbury to get a consensus from the board, he said.

“Let’s do everything humanly possible to not do that again,” said Stooksbury.

While the board was in agreement about not lowering hours again, it felt the recent situation where hours were reduced was not avoidable.

The mood was somber as Stooksbury addressed the hours, but little discussion took place after the mayor explained his recommendation.

In other business the board held a public hearing for the 2009 building codes and there was no one from the public attending to appose the new codes.

In the meeting the board approved the codes and announced the code manuals were ordered at no cost.