Piedmont City Council approves municipal employment restrictions
by Laura Gaddy
Jan 08, 2014 | 2986 views |  0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PIEDMONT -- The Piedmont City Council on Tuesday passed a measure that prohibits the creation of new positions within the city workforce.

Piedmont Mayor Bill Baker said the policy will prevent the city from hiring a new employee unless the existing position is vacated. The city will still hire new employees for essential positions on a case-by-case basis.

"If we need somebody we can still hire that person, but we're going to be selective," Baker said.

The mayor said the city is implementing the policy to save money.

"Nothing has changed financially," Baker said.

Several members of the City Council asked questions about the mayor's recommendation. After a brief discussion about the hiring process and and how it will be affected by this new change, the measure received unanimous support from members in a roll-call vote.

Baker said the measure will go into effect immediately and will remain in place for an unspecified amount of time.

City Clerk Michelle Franklin said Piedmont must retain enough workers to provide emergency services and utilities to residents.

"We have to keep the services going," she said.

Baker said the vote makes official current practice, adding that the city is already careful to only hire employees who are needed. He said that by creating the new policy all city departments will have a better understanding of the Piedmont's employment procedures.

"It's not that much difference," Baker said. "We just don't have the money to hire all that we would like."

In other business, the council voted to accept a property donation from Winford Dean Humphrey. Humphrey gave the city buildings at 104, 106 and 108 West Ladiga Street.

The property, which Baker said is in poor condition, is downtown and was once known as the Blackwelder Grocery Store and Street and Mobbs Hardware Store.

Staff writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star.

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