Mission Drive agreement moved to informal calendar

Council debates floating holidays for city employees

A non-binding agreement to allow a group of property owners just outside the city limits to annex more than 200 acres into Jefferson City has been placed on the informal calendar.

The bill, which provided a memorandum of understanding for the voluntary annexation in exchange for nearly $5 million in infrastructure improvements, was moved to the informal calendar Monday after bill sponsor and 3rd Ward Councilman Bob Scrivner said several council members had indicated to him that they would like more time to consider the agreement.

The agreement details that several landowners near Missouri 179 would voluntarily annex into the city and provide right-of-way in exchange for the city to provide needed infrastructure for commercial and residential development.

The property owners named in the agreement are: Arthur Brown, Daisy Brown, Charles Brown, Shirley Brown, Donald Webb, Joyce Webb, Larry Rademan, Janet B. Rademan, Ed Rackers and Mary M. Rackers.

The properties are just off Missouri 179 and would require the extension of Mission Drive that spans Missouri 179 and will serve the new St. Mary’s Health Center. It also would require an extension of Wildwood Drive, a project that’s been talked about for several years, but never high on the city’s priority list.

The agreement stipulates that the county would have to agree to a cost-share for the project to move forward.

In other business, the City Council discussed the possibility of floating holidays for city employees.

The bill, which is set for approval next month, would allow city employees to have two floating holidays in the next fiscal year. The holidays only would be given to full-time employees and the four part-time employees who have benefits.

The floating holidays were included in City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus’ draft 2014 budget, but were not included in Mayor Eric Struemph’s proposed budget. The cost of providing the holidays to employees is estimated to be $7,500.

Fifth Ward Councilman Ralph Bray said he’s tried to calculate the cost of the floating holidays and has come up with a much higher cost.

“That just doesn’t make sense to me,” Bray said.

Human Resources Director Gail Strope said the only cost is due to the Fire Department, where the city would need to ensure minimum staffing requirements. In other departments, she said, employees would only be able to take days off when the work can be covered without the use of overtime.

Mayor Eric Struemph requested Strope provide more specific information on how the staff arrived at the $7,500 figure by the next council meeting.

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