Supes discuss employee sick day requirement

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

A short discussion on the Choctaw County employee handbook was the main topic of discussion in the September 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Lori Fiebig, tax assessor/collector, told the board that she thinks they should change the requirement of needing a doctor’s excuse for missing one day of work.

“It’s costing the county a lot of money on insurance,” said Fiebig.

District 4 Supervisor David Carter agreed.

“I’m concerned on that too. If a person has a virus for one day, you don’t need to go to the doctor,” said Carter.

District 2 Supervisor Larry McClain said the board has had employees abuse that before that approved that requirement. He asked how the supervisors could prevent the abuse of the one sick day.

Fiebig suggested requiring two or more days off work, the employee would need a doctor’s excuse.

In the discussion, District 3 Supervisor Chris McIntire suggested allowing only four days a year without a doctor’s excuse.

No action was taken.

Carter also suggested the supervisors create job descriptions to include in the handbook and to use and also to develop a pay scale. “You need to write your job description based on the job you want done,” said Carter.

The board discussed this but no action was taken. They also discussed small changes needed in the handbook but no action was taken.

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisor also approved: -To amend the agenda to add employee handbook review. -Minutes as corrected. -Claims. -Jail inspection. -Inventory deletions. -Payment #1 to Amerson Roofing for $79,442 from Pryor & Morrow upon payment from the state and to forward the payment once funds are received. Amerson Roofing is replacing the roof at the current hospital. -Transfer $15,000 from Fund 014 to Fund 097 (E911) and to transfer $24,075 from Fund 014 to Fund 126 (Ambulance). – Financing for a 2013 Ford Interceptor for the Sheriff’s Department for $31,554. The vehicle will be delivered in September with payment due in October.