By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
In an effort to maintain effective communication with its employees, a proposal was made at Monday’s Seward County Commission meeting to set into effect quarterly employee meetings.
After a brief discussion, the idea failed to get a second from board members, and the motion to accept it died.
In the discussion, county administrator Mary Bloomer said the suggestion was brought up during a previous meeting.
“In the commission comments from last time, you had a motion before you to correlate meetings for the employee information meetings, and we would like to start the next one in December of this year,” she said to the commission.
Although she agreed that having quarterly employee meetings was a good idea, county clerk Stacia Long disagreed with the proposed motion.
“I was wondering why it has to be as a motion,” she said. “We will certainly have those meetings with the employees, and if you do it as a motion, it’s just a lot more concrete.”
Long said she did not deem it necessary to make having the meetings a law, which is what she felt was being done with the motion.
“You can make a commitment verbally, but when you put it in a motion, that is what it is,” she said.
Bloomer explained why the proposal was being put to a vote.
“I was asked by the board to put it back on the board’s agenda, and this is a commitment of our board to our employees,” she said. “This is why we can handle it this way. It’s the board’s desire.”
Commissioner Jim Rice made the motion to establish quarterly employee meetings set for December, March 2011, June 2011 and September 2011 and December 2011. Board chairman Joyce Hibler asked for a second, and when none was heard, the motion died.