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Carbon Council adopts ordinances

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Carbon Town Council met Monday for its monthly meeting and adopted two ordinances.

Ordinance No. 4-2012 is in regard to anti-nepotism and the employment and contracting of relatives, which is pursuant to Indiana code.

As the ordinance states, there are some exclusions, such as any individual employed by a unit -- meaning a county, city town or township -- when the ordinance goes into effect July 1, 2012, is not subject to the policies unless the individual has a break in employment.

Breaks in employment do not include paid or unpaid leave, including vacations, sick days, family medical leave or worker's compensation.

The ordinance defines employment as an individual who is employed by a unit on a full-time, part-time, temporary, intermittent or hourly basis, but does not include individuals who hold an elected office.

It defines relatives as a spouse, parent or stepparent, child or stepchild, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle and daughter- or son-in-law.

The employment practices section of the ordinance states "individuals who are relatives may not be employed by a unit in a position that results in one relative being in the direct line of supervision of the other relative."

The ordinance requires each elected officer of a unit must annually certify in writing -- subject to the penalties for perjury -- no later than Dec. 31, that the officer has not violated this statute.

The motion was made to adopt the ordinance, which passed unanimously.

Meanwhile, the council also adopted Ordinance No. 3-2012, which enacts a group of ordinances.

The ordinance consists of the following titles:

* General Provisions,

* Administration,

* Public Works,

* Traffic Code,

* General Regulations,

* Business Regulations,

* General Offences, and

* Land Usage.

The ordinance adopted and passed unanimously.

The Carbon Town Council meets regularly the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m., in the Carbon Town Hall.

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