Rich City Commission July 28

A suspended Richmond city IT employee, who allegedly accessed another employee's personal information, will face more suspension time, as decided by the commission on Tuesday. 

The city IT employee was originally suspended for 15 days, but Tuesday's decision extended that time to 60 days — with pay. 

Order 20-88, was unanimously approved Tuesday night despite the recusal of Commissioner Jason Morgan, said the suspension was a matter of public interest, and was pending further investigation and consideration of the event that transpired.

The IT employee is being investigated for their potential involvement in assisting Commissioner Morgan by going through another city employee’s email in attempts to provide him with information.

Commissioner Mike Brewer questioned why the employee could not be brought back to work in a department other than IT, if they would continue to be paid anyway.

“What is the reason to have her off and still pay her?” He asked.

City Manager Rob Minerich responded that pending litigation and the serious nature of the incident at hand, it was not in the city’s best interest to bring the IT employee back at this time.

“It is best to keep her suspended until the case is resolved,” Minerich said.

Additionally in the meeting, the commissioners went into an executive session to discuss the pending litigation and personnel involving the employee and incident, but no action was taken.

Earlier that afternoon, a Board of Ethics meeting was held to discuss the actions of Commissioner Morgan, but the meeting was not open to the public or the press.

According to city officials, there was no report of what action would be taken as a result of that meeting.

In other business, the city approved several orders that pertained to the addition of murals in the city limits downtown.

The first was Order 20-85, which approved an agreement between the city of Richmond, and Community Trust Bank, Inc. for a mural placement on the Water Street facing side of a tract of property located at 128 W. Main Street to “enhance the Water Street aesthetic and atmosphere,” the document reads.

Minerich said there was no cost to the city for the placement agreement with Community Trust Bank, and the owners were thinking of donating the materials needed to be able to complete the project.

The second mural document, Order 20-86, was for the creation of the Water Street mural, with allocation out of the city’s Contingency Fund.

Minerich explained the Water Street mural was something the city had planned to do in last fiscal year’s budget, but the funding was not there and neither was the time.

However, SquarePegs Studio and Design, who completed the Millstone Park mural, offered to complete the Water Street mural for an amount just over $8,000, as well as another mural in kind.

“We are getting two murals for the price of one,” Minerich said.

All orders were unanimously approved by the board of commissioners.

“This will be a great aesthetic advancement to our downtown,” Mayor Robert Blythe said. 

Other business:

• The mayor read aloud a proclamation recognizing the 90th anniversary of the Madison County Health Department for August 13.

• Order 20-82 appointed Colleen Spencer to the Architectural Review Board.

• Andrew Doty’s resignation was approved from the Richmond Police Department as park security officer.

• Robert Moody, Cecile Schubert and Susan Vanstone were reappointed to the Richmond Board of Ethics.

• A bid was approved for a roof for the Richmond Veteran’s Center in the amount of $16,050 with a 10% veteran’s discount.

• The former finance clerk, Elizabeth Carol Davidson’s resignation was approved. Shelia Cornette was approved to take her place.

The next Richmond City Commission meeting will be held on August 11 at 6 p.m.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter at @TaylorSixRR.

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