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Jasper County Tribune

Several topics discussed at Colfax City Council special meeting

Before the regular monthly meeting of the Colfax City Council, the council met Wednesday the 3rd of Sept. at City Hall for a special session to amend contracts for part-time employees, hire a utility billing clerk and grant a liquor license in preparation for the Fall 4 Colfax festival on Oct. 6.

The City of Colfax is affiliated with the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters Union, which requires that affiliates contribute to the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas, Health and Welfare Fund. The agreement covers non-unit employees, which Central States defines as independent contractors, people associated with a union other than the Teamsters and contribute to a health and welfare fund through that organization, people working solely to obtain or continue receiving health and welfare coverage, and part-time employees.

“They’re reading the contract so that all part-time people would have health insurance,” said Mayor David Mast.

The City Council amended the contract to read that part-time employees, those who work 30 hours a week or less, will not be covered.

In addition to amending benefits contracts, the city council added another employee to its roster.

Mayor Mast and city clerk Nancy Earles interviewed four candidates for the city’s utility billing clerk, a part-time position that includes IPERS benefits and 40 hours annually of personal time. The council voted unanimously to hire Amanda Bode, Mayor Mast and Nancy Earles’ top candidate, for the position at the rate or $16.00 per hour. She began work on Monday.

In preparation for the Fall 4 Colfax festival, Poppy’s Family Restaurant applied for a five-day, Class B Beer License and Outdoor Service for the weekend of the event.

“Fall 4 Colfax has a variety of things going on,” said Mast. “One of them’s a beer garden, and it’s located elsewhere from their business.”

The council voted unanimously to grant the license so that Poppy’s could host the beer garden at the festival. Ironically, rain this past weekend swept the location of the beer garden indoors.

Contact Phoebe Marie Brannock at
641-792-3121 ext. 6547 or
pbrannock@newtondailynews.com

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