BY RON HARRIS, DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE
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City employees in management positions will now have access to online training courses, Jasper Mayor David O’Mary announced at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
The courses, which are provided by the Alabama League of Municipalities, are free to the city.
“When I took office and found that we did not have a training program, that concerned me,” O’Mary said following Tuesday’s meeting. “These courses deal with not only being able to grow in a leadership role, but also with improving skills in how to diffuse employee problems and mini-mizing lawsuits against the city. This gives our employees that chance to be proactive, and I think they will see the benefits of it.Read more ...
”A city the size of Jasper, O’Marysaid, desperately needs a training program for its employees.
“We have a right to have high expectations for our employees,” he said, “but they also have a right to have high expectations of the city. It runs both ways.
”Employees who will take the online courses are those in management positions, O’Mary said. Thereare currently 17 city employees who fall in that category.
O’Mary said employees will be required to complete two of the online courses each quarter. The courses generally take about an hour to complete, and employees must pass a test with a grade of 80 or better at the end of the course.
With a passing grade, employees will be presented a course certification.
The courses cover a variety of topics — all geared toward leadership positions in a city. The first two courses that are available deal with crisis management and performance management.
In other business, council members:
•approved minutes of the April 4 council meeting.
•presented a proclamation declaring April 24 as Arbor Day in the city. O’Mary read a proclamation to the council which outlined the history of Arbor Day, which began in1871 in Nebraska. The day was set aside to promote planting trees, and in its first year more than 1 million trees were planted across the U.S.Arbor Day is now recognized throughout the U.S. and around the world. Jasper has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
•approved parade permits for a special event held by the Walker County Democratic Party on Saturday, April 29, at the courthouse square and for the Civitan Club of Jasper’s annual Paula Wade Chili Cookoff set for Saturday, Oct. 28, on the courthouse square.
•held a public hearing and approved a restaurant retail liquor license for on-premise consumption and a retail beer license for on-premise consumption for Rollin N the Dough, which does business as Johnny Brusco’s Pizza at its new location on 19th Street in downtown Jasper.
•introduced an amendment to the city’s budget concerning a $225,000 reduction in revenue. Most of that revenue loss will be offset with reductions in city costs in a variety of areas, according to city clerk KathyChambless.
•approved a request to accept a donation to the Jasper Police Department from WalMart and C&M Southern Midway carnival.
•approved travel for Jon Geddings, the city’s sanitation superintendent, to attend a Solid Waste Association of North America conference in Point Clear in May.
•heard from city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom on bids received for trophies and awards for the city’sparks and recreation department. The council also approved a request from Abrom to renew the city’s contract for brush removal, cleaning services and for crushed stone, and to send out bid invitations for recreational uniforms, street surfacing and pavement marking.
•adopted a resolution to declare chain link fencingas unneeded and donate it to the Jasper Toy Bowl Association.
•adopted a resolution to place a property under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.
•concluded a public hearing and approved an economic incentive package for a proposed development project at the Jasper Square Shopping Center. The new business at the shopping center is expected to lead to more than $2.5 million in development costs, as well as providing up to 60 new jobs. O’Mary said the business could generate about $5million in annual sales. The business was not identified because the development project has yet to be finalized.
•introduced an ordinance to amend the ordinance concerning the city’s participation in the annual Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. The amendment is needed because the date for the statewide sales tax holiday has changed to the third full weekend in July.
Reprinted from the Daily Mountain Eagle with permission
Located in northwest Alabama on Interstate Highway 22, Jasper is a thriving retail hub, center of growing industrial development and home to approximately 14,000 residents. Enjoying one of the top ranked education systems in the State of Alabama, ongoing renovated Park & Recreation programs and its close proximity to the outstanding recreation areas such as Smith Lake, Bankhead National Forest and the Warrior River makes it an attractive area for relocation. Mayor David O'Mary would like to welcome you to our city and web site.