MV aldermen OK extended leave for victims of domestic, sexual violence

By: 
Steve Chapman

During the body’s meeting on Tuesday, June 28, the Mt. Vernon Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance which provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for city employees who are the victims of domestic or sexual violence, or who have family members who are. The ordinance brings the city in compliance with the state’s Victims Economic Safety and Security Act (VESSA), which requires all employers with 20 or more employees “to provide leave and reasonable safety accommodations to employees who experience domestic or sexual violence or who have a family or household member who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence.”
Under the ordinance, employees who were the victims of sexual or domestic violence, or who have family members who were, may take the leave to seek medical attention, counseling, victim’s services, legal assistance or to take part in safety planning. The city is required to make reasonable safety accommodations for a qualifying city employee, and must also continue to maintain the employee’s benefits, though the employee is also required to maintain their contribution to the benefits also. The ordinance was passed following considerable discussion.

In other business…
The board approved, after much discussion, a request to reimburse the developer of Moore Ranch Estates $13,260 for the cost of building a storm water retention basin. City Administrator Joe Kelley told the board that the basin would help regulate stormwater entering Landrum Street. The board also approved a request to pay $325 for art materials for the Mt. Vernon High School Art Club to paint a mural on the retaining wall at the city’s municipal golf course.
Additionally, the board approved a request by David Hubert, chief of police, to move Richard Wilcox from probationary status to full-time, and to also hire Jack Harris, a Lawrence County deputy sheriff. Hubert also told the board that, with Harris being hired, the police department was now fully staffed.
 

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