Chelsea resolution impacts city employee retirement

CHELSEA – Members of the Chelsea city council passed a resolution that will impact full-time municipal employees during a council meeting on Tuesday, May 15.

City officials resolved to authorize the conversion of unused sick time to retirement service credit in accordance with the Code of Alabama.

Mayor Tony Picklesimer said the policy, which was already in place for members of Chelsea Fire and Rescue, has been extended to include all city employees. Picklesimer said this policy has been instated in many local governments.

“All we’re doing is getting caught up,” Picklesimer said.

Picklesimer said officials looked into passing the resolution after several city employees suggested it. He said he hopes the new policy will serve as an incentive for potential employees to apply with the city.

“We’re in a very competitive area, and we want to hire the most talented people,” Picklesimer said.

In other council news:

–Picklesimer expressed his condolences after the recent death of Chelsea Business Alliance treasurer Tricia Hyde.

–Alabama House of Representatives District 45 incumbent Dickie Drake spoke to the council about his candidacy and past experiences.

–Shelby County Circuit Court Judge candidate Patrick Kennedy spoke about his platform and campaign.

–Shelby County Probate Court Judge Joe Starnes discussed his platform and campaign.

–Chelsea Public Library head librarian Dana Polk reported that circulation has been higher in the six weeks the new location has been open.

–The city’s bills were paid.