Former Royalton Police Chief Adam Gunderson was at Tuesday’s Royalton City Council meeting to ask when his unused sick pay accumulated during his tenure as chief would be paid out.
Gunderson had presented a letter of retirement to the city in June.
“At the planning meeting in June I was told I would be paid. I was here 14 years and because of often being called out when I was sick, I could not use my sick leave,” he said. “This was supposed to be decided on at the July meeting but was not placed on the agenda. I am here tonight to see what has been decided.”
Carol Madsen, city clerk, said, “I don’t think at that time (the planning meeting) the Council understood the policy.”
The policy, as written, states sick leave will be paid out to employees at retirement or death.
The city’s attorney, Susan Kadlec, said she would advise reviewing and possibly amending the present policy before taking any action on Gunderson’s request. Because Gunderson has taken another position she said he did not qualify as retired.
Council Member Ron Verley made a motion to pay Gunderson his sick pay according the amended policy when it was amended.
“I feel we came to a conclusion to pay him at our planning meeting. I think we should honor that,” Verley said.
The motion died for lack of a second.
Royalton City Council Briefs
In other business Tuesday, the Royalton City Council:
• Approved Performance reviews for employees Tina Harrington and Leah Walberg moving them up a step on the city’s pay scale;
Adopted a resolution allowing the city to accept $5,000 each from the Royalton American Legion and Pine Country Bank to be used toward the new gazebo at Memorial park;
• Approved a permit to allow Eric and Stephanie Rajkowski to build a coop and fence to house two chickens;
• Approved paying the Dairy Queen owners $12,000 toward the storm water drainage project near the business;
• Approved on, off and Sunday liquor licenses for Scotties Log Bar and Ten Spot Bar and Grill, on sale and Sunday for the Royalton American Legion; off sale for Royalton Discount Liquor and 3.2 for Bill’s Superette; and
• Set a budget meeting for Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
The next regular meeting of the Royalton City Council will be Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m.