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Aldermen change holiday pay policy

City employees who worked holidays received double pay or a floating day off to use at another time. Recently, the city’s Human Resources Department staff realized that many employees weren’t using that extra day off and it would roll over, sometimes for years.

A policeman who recently put in for retirement discovered he has seven months worth of accrued holiday time off.

On Tuesday, the Oxford Board of Aldermen approved changing the city’s holiday pay policy to still allow double time pay or a floating day off for those who work on a state or federal holiday; however, now they must take that day off within the calendar year.

If the employee chooses to take a floating holiday day off, they will receive their straight time pay for the hours worked on the holiday. Unused floating holidays are lost at the time of termination.

The aldermen unanimously approved the policy change.

Also on Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen:

•Proclaimed April 28 as Arbor Day.

•Approved appointing Christy Knapp on the Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues

•Adopted a resolution to authorize and direct the issuance of obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $7.5 million dollars for the construction of roads

•Amended the Parking Division budget for $5,000 for the replacement of broken parking meters

•Approved changes to the Parades, Public Assemblies and Special Events ordinance to allow organizations to pay permit fees for police assistance at events 10 days prior to the event.

•Approved removing language from the city’s alcohol policy that allowed businesses to serve alcohol, free of charge, which is against state law

•Approved the final plat for lots in the County Club Subdivision for property located at 206 St. Andrews Circle.

•Granted permission for water and sewer service to the Oakmont Subdivision on County Road 101.

•Approved the final plat for a commercial six-lot subdivision in Oxford Commons.

•Approved hiring an appraiser for city-owned property on S. 16th Street that has been requested by LOU-Home Inc. to be donated for workforce housing.