During their Oct. 22 meeting, the Village of Crossville’s Board of Trustees began their meeting by deliberating on the candidates that had applied for the position of Village Treasurer. 

The board has already interviewed several candidates for the position and narrowed down the selection to a handful of candidates who they will call in for a secondary interview in the near future. Crossville mayor Henry Feldmann instructed the board that after they interviewed the candidates a second time that they needed to make a decision shortly thereafter.

The board then moved on to discuss one of Crossville’s “hot button issues.” Feldmann began the discussion of one of the derelict properties in town.

“The owner of that white house over there pulled a sneaky one on us and deeded that other lot to Trevor Tate, so we are not cleaning that property up. We are not tearing that down and cleaning it up and have that shithole sit next to it. That’s my exact opinion. Why should we spend seven or eight thousand dollars when it’s not going to do us any good?”

Feldmann, however, wasn’t without a plan going forward.

“We are going to continue to fine him and take him to court. I told Greg Poole today, ‘I want ticket, ticket, ticket.’ He went and gave Trevor Tate another warning. I told him, ‘He gets no warnings. How many warnings have you given him? From now on, every time you confront him about a mess, I want a ticket written.’”

According to Feldmann, this policy will, from this point forward, apply to more than just this one case.

“Anybody in town, from now on, that we confront over and over about nuisance ordinance violations, I told him I want a ticket written. We will take them to court all the time and make it inconvenient for them.”

Trustee Bruce Morelock spoke up and said, “I thought after the first warning that they get tickets?”

Feldmann replied nearly instantly, “They were supposed to, Bruce. I told Greg, ‘Tickets. That’s why we changed that ordinance.’”

The board then moved on to discuss Christmas bonuses for full and part-time employees of the village. Village Clerk, Selena Harrell, reminded the board of what had been done last year and then the floor was opened for discussion.

“Christmas bonuses for last year… it was $750 for full-time employees and $250 for part-timers,” said Harrell.

Once Harrell had finished speaking, Trustee Morelock stated, “I’d cut them out. Part-time employees? No!”

Trustee Billie Mullins probed Morelock as to why he would say no to giving part-timers a Christmas bonus.

“Uh… well, the cops make 18 dollars and a half an hour, okay? We gave them a raise, so that fifty cents is quite a bit of money over the year. And, I know it’s your (addressing Billie Mullins) family, but Mike doesn’t really do that much to really deserve a bonus,” said Morelock.

Mullins pushed back on Morelock’s argument concerning pay negating an employee “deserving” a bonus.

“Well, as far that goes, the full-timers get paid good too.”

Trustee Cindy Westfall chimed in stating that she thought that if one employee gets a bonus that all of them should. Trustee Rob Whitley offered his support of the idea that every employee would get a bonus but offered the caveat that the bonuses should be based on length of service with a cap on the amount one would get after so many years.

Trustee Nikki Jacobs chimed in as well offering her support of Morelock’s argument.

“I mean, Bruce has a point. Everywhere you work, if you’re a part-timer, you normally don’t get a bonus.”

Mullins and Whitley both stated that their works offer bonuses to part-timers.

The board is likely to put the issue to a vote at the next meeting. At present, it looks like the board is split with three trustees supporting the idea of all employees receiving bonuses, and two potentially opposed to the idea of part-timers receiving bonuses.