ORDINANCE NO.: ____-2009

 

Be It Enacted by the City Council of the City of Helena-West Helena, State of Arkansas, an Ordinance to be Entitled:

 

“AN ORDINANCE TO FIX THE NUMBER AND BASE PAY OF FULL-TIME CITY EMPLOYEES AND ELECTED OFFICIALS; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.”

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED

BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HELENA-WEST HELENA, STATE OF ARKANSAS:

 

Article 1. To establish the authorized positions for full-time employees and elected officials, the number of full-time employees and elected officials per position, and the base pay per position for each department or other unit of city government listed below shall be as follows:

 

Department                Position                                   Number                                  Base Pay

 

City Council                 Alderperson                             10                                                    $7,200.00

 

District Court                Judges                                      2                                                    $21,600.00

                                    Deputy Court Clerks                2                                                    $16,640.00

                                   

Police                           Patrol Officer Entry                   20                                                  $22,000.00

                                    Secretary/Records                    6                                                    $17,500.00

 

Article 2.         For each of the above departments or other units, the first listed position shall be the position that is responsible for the functioning of the department or other unit in the absence of the appropriate elected official and are therefore department head positions pursuant to relevant state law.

 

Article 3.         Base pay is hereby defined as the starting pay for a person taking any of the above positions anew or via promotion. The base pay shall apply to said person/position for a minimum 180 days provided said person is a full-time employee. The base pay shall apply to said person/position for a minimum 367 days provided said person is an elected official. Each position provided hereinabove must also be funded through the appropriate funding article (ordinance, resolution, order or other written instrument) by the City Council of the City of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas prior to any person being compensated by the City of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas.

 

Article 4.         The City Clerk shall prepare payroll for the full-time city employees and elected officials only in accordance with this base-pay ordinance and shall report any discrepancy to the city council.

 

Article 5.         In the police and fire departments, the entry positions and first class positions may be counted cumulatively so long as the total number of people is equal or no greater than the total number of slots provided in this ordinance.

 

Article 6.         No non-elected position authorized in this ordinance that is now, or shall hereafter become vacant, shall be filled, except for persons working part time, without the approval of the Mayor. Part time is defined as any employee working an average of 28 hrs./week or less and not receiving fringe benefits or than those required by law. Elected positions shall be filled according to law and in compliance with this ordinance.

 

Article 7.         For any such vacancy, the appropriate elected official (City Attorney, City Clerk, or City Treasurer) and the Mayor shall determine whether there is any necessity to fill the same.

 

Article 8.         If any city official attempts to hire a person in violation of this ordinance, the city clerk shall refuse to include such person on the city payroll and shall report to the City Council the existence of the vacancy and the attempt to fill the same.

 

Article 9.         This ordinance specifically amends Ordinance 1-2008.

 

Article 10.       All ordinances and parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.

 

Article 11.       If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid provision or applications, and to this end the provisions of this ordinance are declared to be severable.

 

Article 12.       It is hereby found and determined by the City Council of the City of Helena-West Helena, County of Phillips, State of Arkansas, that the need for containment of the expenses of the City is critical to the residents of Helena-West Helena. Therefore this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval.

 

Passed:           _____________________________

 

Approved:      _____________________________  ______________________________

                                                                                                JAMES F. VALLEY, Mayor

ATTEST:       _____________________________

                        SANDRA RAMSEY, City Clerk