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W’town discusses long and short term disability

Photo by James Dobbs Williamstown City Council member Marty Seufer spoke about making long term and short term disability available for employees during Tuesday’s council meeting.

WILLIAMSTOWN — During its regular meeting Tuesday, Williamstown City Council discussed disability policies for employees as well as a sick time increase for retirement.

Mayor Paul Jordan and Council member Barbara Lewis were absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

Council does not offer city employees short term or long term disability insurance policies. Council member Marty Seufer mentioned that when someone is hired by the city, the employee has no safety net available.

The employee would earn a sick day at the rate of one day per month.

Seufer believes that it is something that needs to be made available for employees. He said that as a new employee the short term disability is invaluable until it is possible to build up sick days.

Council member Jim Stage motioned to offer short term and long term disability insurance to employees.

The first reading passed unanimously, and there will be a second reading at the next city council meeting.

Council member Pat Peters motioned to allow employees to use sick days to increase and trade in for retirement days. The first reading passed unanimously, and there will be a second reading at the next city council meeting.

Peters explained that Williamstown will host a Community Work Day on Oct. 16, between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The event is open to anyone in the area who wants to help build a better community. Peters said the dugouts at Williamstown Bank Fields and American Legion fields need to be painted and the fields need weed-eating.

“I know the kids in town deserve better,” said Peters.

James Dobbs can be reached at jdobbs@newsandsentinel.com

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