Commission cuts meetings, closes for Dec. 23-25

By ED HOWELL
Posted 11/6/19

The Walker County Commission on Monday voted to cancel its Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 meetings, as well as close county offices Monday, Dec. 23, as well as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving and Black Friday. 

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Commission cuts meetings, closes for Dec. 23-25

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The Walker County Commission on Monday voted to cancel its Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 meetings, as well as close county offices Monday, Dec. 23, as well as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving and Black Friday. 

District 3 Commissioner Ralph Williams, who has had back problems, was not at Monday's meeting. 

The action means the commission will hold only one more meeting for 2019, on Monday, Dec. 2, unless a called meeting is held. That will leave six more meetings before the March 3 primary, when commission seats will be up for grabs. 

As for staff holidays, Bishop said the county usually adds Friday to the state Thanksgiving holiday, while Dec. 24-25 is on a Tuesday and Wednesday this year. County 

Administrator Robbie Dickerson said the governor has given Fridays as well for Thanksgiving to state employees. 

Officials said solid waste employees are usually paid time and a half on the Friday after Thanksgiving as that would be considered a holiday. 

Bishop suggested so many people are taking off days anyway, and employees haven't had a raise in years, that the commission give the employees Monday as well as Tuesday and Wednesday for Christmas.

Keith Duncan, the interim director of solid waste, said the department has enough help if some people take off vacation days the latter end of Christmas week as well. District 2 Commissioner Jeff Burrough said all the districts have employees who save up to take days for deer hunting season. "They earned and they deserve it," he said. 

"Well, Christmas, that week is shot," he said. "But people are already taking off. They already have it on their schedules."

District 1 Commissioner Keith Davis suggested giving employees off the Monday, Dec. 23, as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for a longer weekend, which the commission then approved.  

The commission clarified that only Jan. 1 will be taken off New Year's Week. 

Holiday garbage, landfill schedule

The commission heard that the Solid Waste Department and the county landfill will have the following schedules for the holidays, amended for the Dec. 23 closure (when routes will not run anyway): 

• For Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28: The landfill will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-30. Thursday's route will run on Friday, and Friday's route will run on the following Monday, Dec. 2. All routes will return to regular schedule on Tuesday. Dec. 3. 

• For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: The landfill will be closed Dec. 23-25. The route for Tuesday, Dec. 24, will run as scheduled. The Wednesday, Dec. 25 route, will run on Thursday, while Thursday's route will run on Friday. The Friday route will run the following Monday, Dec. 30. All routes return to normal on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

• For New Year's Day, the landfill will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1. Wednesday's route will run on Thursday, while Thursday's route runs on Friday. Friday's route will run on the following Monday, Jan. 6. All routes return to normal on Tuesday, Jan. 7.