Seligman institutes random drug testing

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Seligman City Council voted to institute random and for cause drug testing for all city employees at its regularly scheduled meeting on June 13.

Police Chief Ron Kalbaugh reported that he conducts random and for cause drug testing of all officers. For cause testing is conducted in the case of an accident. He recommended the city begin testing all employees.

The city's current personnel policy allows for cause testing but does not address random drug testing.

The aldermen plan to review an amendment to the city personnel policy regarding the change at its July meeting. The policy change will include elected officials on a voluntary basis.

The council discussed park equipment improvements, which need to be completed at the Elsie Corn Memorial Park. The aldermen made plans to install new teeter totters and two new basketball goal rims at the park, which is located behind the Seligman City Hall. A merry go round will also be moved to the site.

The aldermen voted to replace 180 feet of four-foot fence at the old city park.

Brian Nichols, librarian, reported that there are now 12,722 items in the library database. Nearly three dozen items were added during the last month. Over 150 items were on loan and 37 items were overdue.

The Seligman Library has 485 accounts, including 44 accounts that were opened in the last month. In addition to utilizing library materials, users have access to three computers. A total of 37 people are currently using the library's computer services.

Nichols has also added wi-fi services at the library. Community members can receive unlimited service for $3 per month. Payments can be made online or at the library or city hall.

The city's new website is now operating. Information can be accessed at

The aldermen voted to purchase a DVD and CD cleaner for the library for $128. The city will also obtain quotes for painting services at the library.

Janet Ballard, adult education instructor, submitted a report on Seligman's GED program. Courtney Tibbs and Misty Beard recently completed testing and graduated from the program. Both students plan to attend classes at the Crowder College Cassville Campus in the fall.

Over a dozen students have graduated from the program this year. The last testing date for the spring program will be June 24. The program will resume in the fall on Aug. 22.

The VOICES Program has partnered with the Seligman GED program. To qualify for VOICES, students must be between 16 and 21 years of age and attend the GED program regularly. VOICES pays the $40 GED testing fee and provides students with $250 when they pass the exam.

VOICES also offers other opportunities for financial assistance and helps students secure employment.

The Seligman adult education program also works with HEP, which assists students of any age who have worked in the agriculture industry. HEP pays the $40 testing fee and provides students with $250 when they successfully complete the exam.

In old business, the aldermen heard that the city has collected five out of seven signatures for the voluntary annexation of Seligman Meadows.

The council also received an update on the city's street improvement project. Public works employees have fixed areas where the sewer is caving and placed gravel in potholes at Blockade Village. Culvert work will be completed in the Juel Subdivision in the future.

In new business, Alderman Michael Steen reported that his trash can lids blew away during recent thunderstorms. The lids do not lock down, and there is no way to attach bungee cords to the containers.

The city's contract with Southwest Sanitation did not stipulate the type of quality of trash cans that would be furnished to residents. A city staff member will contact the company regarding the issue.

In other business, the Seligman City Council:

* Heard that Dustin Mabry is interested in serving as chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

* Reviewed the May code enforcement report and discussed current violations, including overgrown vacant lots.

* Directed Shayn Jermain, maintenance lead man, to correct the city's water and sewer issues before beginning mowing work.

* Confirmed Nichols pay, which will be $500 per month.

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