CHARLESTON - Mississippi County commissioners rejected a proposal which would have allowed county employees to voluntarily donate sick leave days to fellow employees.
Commissioners considered the amendment to the county's personnel policy during Thursday's meeting.
"It would be up to the employee," explained County Clerk Junior DeLay. "If I had some sick leave and someone had a catastrophic illness, I would probably donate my days."
County employees presently can accumulate up to 30 days of sick leave.
"Am I recommending this? No," said DeLay. He explained he was just bringing it before the commission for consideration. "It was suggested by an employee."
After discussing the potential for abuse, commissioners voted unanimously to reject the proposal.
Commissioners did approve a change to the personnel policy by which employees can use up to three of their sick days, if available, for personal business.
Before the commission's action, county policy did not provide for any personal business days.
In other Mississippi County business:
* Commissioners approved an amended software maintenance agreement with JOSS Inc. of New Madrid which raises the quarterly price from $2,000 to $2,400.
JOSS cited increases in the cost of operations to justify their rate increase.
The software is for the county's mainframe computer used by the recorder, assessor, collector, county clerk and treasurer.
* Commissioners agreed to move their regular Jan. 2 meeting to Dec. 30 so county employees can be paid on time instead of waiting an extra day.
Elected officials will still be sworn in at 9 a.m. Jan. 2 in the circuit courtroom, however.
Commissioners also previously rescheduled their Dec. 26 meeting for Dec. 23.
* The county's loss ratio statistics for the self-insured workers' compensation fund through the Missouri Association of Counties was reviewed.
DeLay said the trend sheet includes the county's entire history with the program. Until 2002, when a single incident drove the county's ratio up to 229 percent, the county had maintained a good history with its worst year being 1997 during which the county had a 5 percent premium-to-loss ratio.
MAC provides workers' compensation coverage for 87 of Missouri's 114 counties, DeLay said.
* Commissioner Martin Lucas reported the old fuel tank car used as a pipe for a ditch at County Road 521 has separated. "We're probably going to have to put another pipe in there," Lucas said.