An issue involving the city of Lake Ozark's personnel policies and procedures manual was laid to rest Tuesday night when the board of aldermen adopted an amended set of rules.

An issue involving the city of Lake Ozark’s personnel policies and procedures manual was laid to rest Tuesday night when the board of aldermen adopted an amended set of rules.

Changes to the manual have been discussed since January.

The board approved first reading of the manual at its Aug. 12 meeting, but deferred second reading until this week because of disagreement over wording regarding time off for certain employees. Alderman Betsey Browning insisted Aug. 12 and again this week that employees exempt from earning overtime should be accountable to his or her supervisor before taking paid time off.

She argued that wording in the proposed policy allows exempt employees to take time off at their own discretion.

“I think they (the exempt employee) needs to go to someone and someone needs to say yes or no,” Browning said Tuesday night.

“That already happens,” City Administrator Dave Van Dee said. “We coordinate our time off among the managers, and that’s important for everyone to understand.”

Van Dee suggested in a memo to board members that wording be added to the proposed policies and procedures manual to require time off with approval of a supervisor or his or her designee.

The final motion was approved unanimously.


Public input

Ron Lunsford, a Lake Ozark resident and who regularly attends board meetings, voiced his support of the city administrator having the authority to manage the city’s personnel issues.

He told the board he was unaware of anyone on the board who has the human resources background of Van Dee.

“It appears that there’s only one individual sitting in front of us who has the human resources, education and training and broad work experience and knowledge of state and federal requirements, and that would be City Administrator Van Dee,” he said. “Why then do we have several people who lack this vital training who feel it is necessary to prove their point?”

Lunsford said if any decisions made by the city administrator negatively affect the city, then “he can face the consequences.”

No dumpsters

Board members approved the second reading of an ordinance that bans dumpsters and trash receptacles on city property or city right-of-way. First reading was approved at the Aug. 12 meeting, and aldermen wanted to gauge public input before making a final decision.

City officials said there was no feedback on the proposal.

The ordinance also regulates when and how long a dumpster or trash receptacle can be placed curbside for pickup by a waste management company.