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  1. West Fork Personnel Policy Manual

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    October 17, 2012 by Jeff Winkler

    [This document may not include recent modifications and additions.] CHAPTER 2.54 PERSONNEL POLICY MANUAL Sections: 2.54.01 Definitions 2.54.02 Employment policies 2.54.03 General employee benefits 2.54.04 Matters affecting the status of employees 2.54.05 Standards of conduct 2.54.06 Controlled substance drugs and alcohol policy 2.54.07 Controlled substance and alcohol testing for safety sensitive positions 2.54.08 Controlled substance and alcohol testing for DOT positions 2.54.09 Compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 2.54.10 Miscellaneous information 2.54.01 Definitions Department head means a person who is responsible for the administration of a department. Employee means a full-time hourly, monthly, or salaried employee on a permanent basis with the city of West Fork. Employer means the city of West Fork and refers to all departments. Governing body means the City Council Immediate family means mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, grandparents, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, spouse, spouse’s immediate family, or other relatives who live in the employee’s household including “step” relatives. Part-time employee means an employee who works on an hourly basis when, and as needed, (less than 32 hours a week). These employees do not receive any benefits listed in 2.54.03 and 2.54.04 of the Personnel Handbook. Full-time employees means any employee, either hourly, …

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  2. Water Commission Makeup Undecided

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    May 3, 2012 by Jeff Winkler

    West Fork ‘s Water and Wastewater Utility Commission failed to follow city council instructions and the public’s wishes and instead postponed a decision to establish the actual number of commission members the group has.  When asked, some commission members, the chair, and Water Superintendent have said in recent months the commission has between three and five members. They currently list four individuals as being commission members.  Eleven months ago, the Water Commission presented a development plan to  citizens at a public meeting regarding the 14 percent rate hike. That plan would in part increase their commission from three to five members.  Four months ago, minuets of their meeting (with four members present) state they have a vacancy. Citizens have offered to serve but none were contacted. At the April city council meeting, after some pointed questioning by city attorney Tom Keiklak about how many members are actually on the commission they agreed to adjust their bylaws at their next meeting to reflect reality. The discussion of the topic at the May 2 meeting  began with commission member Andy Baughman suggesting that having a fifth member helps insure  meetings will have a quorum. Member Joe Toher expressed agreement and the group’s …

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  3. PSAs for week of May 1 – 8

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    May 3, 2012 by Jeff Winkler

    MEALS BENEFIT   Terra Studios will host their Spring Music Fest and World Labyrinth Day Celebration to benefit Meals on Wheels on May 5, Noon – 5:00 p.m. SELL IT   The semiannual Yard Sale along Highway 71 from Greenland to Alma will be held May 3, 4, 5. Don’t miss it. MUSIC  ON THE MOUNTAIN    Join Ozark Folkways for a free concert by the Rusty Plow Band on Sunday, May 6, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Part bluegrass, country, blues and gospel, the Rusty Plow Band is an acoustic string band comprised of Northwest Arkansas musicians. The concert will be held at Ozark Folkways, 22733 N. Hwy 71, Winslow and is part of a monthly celebration of Ozark art and music . Refreshments will be served; donations accepted. For more info, visit www.ozarkfolkways.com or call 479.634.3791. To hear a sample of their music, visit rustyplowband.com. CODE YELLOW ALERT for O NEGATIVE BLOOD TYPE  If you are able to help them right away you may contact them at 479-718-7642 or 1-800-2880-5337. If you can’t make a donation right away, then we hope you will come make a donation on Friday, May 4th.The City of Fayetteville is hosting two Bloodmobile locations as follows on Friday, May …

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  4. Letter to the editor for April 27 – May 1

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    April 26, 2012 by Jeff Winkler

    Below is Larry Woodall’s letter he send to Walton Arts Center after it announced that Ted Nugent would be performing in the summer First let me say a big thank you to WAC for its presence in NWA. I’ve enjoyed numerous concerts and art shows at your Dickson St location since your opening and plan to continue. I write you to register a complaint about your choice to support Ted Nugent for the AMP appearance in NWA on June 10, 2012. Ted Nugent is blatantly and vulgarly a partisan political entertainer. On stage he has called for SoS Hillary Clinton to “suck on this you bitch” as he waves an assault rifle in the air. Recently his remarks likened the President of the United States to coyote in one’s living room that needs to be shot. Today comes this revelation that Nugent’s comments have been scrubbed from the National Rifle Association’s website: “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent told a crowd at the [NRA] convention. That comment piqued the interest of the Secret Service, who’ll be meeting with Nugent Thursday. Link is here …

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  5. PSAs for April 17 — April 24

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    April 17, 2012 by Jeff Winkler

    MILITARY OFFICERS MEET The Northwest Arkansas Military Officers Group, an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will hold its bimonthly dinner meeting at the Fayetteville Clarion Inn on Friday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. Our guest speaker is Mike Roberts from the University of Arkansas whose topic, “India, Business Perspectives” provides insight on his recent visit to India. All former, current or retired officers of all military services are invited to attend.  Please call CDR Sam Sansom, USN-Ret. at 761-3772 for additional details. FISH FRY Saturday, April 21, 5 p.m. New Sulphur. Fish fry as we kickoff our revival services; revival will be Sunday-Wednesday with Rev. Randall Wright; Sunday service will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Monday-Wednesday night services will start at 7 p.m. located at 13425 Hogeye Rd. Prairie Grove.   GOSPEL MUSIC CONCERT  The Freemans will be in concert here at Unity Covenent Church on April 22 at 6 pm. Please invite your friends and come worship with us. The Freemans are a full-time Southern Gospel Music Ministry based in Hendersonville, Tennessee.  For the past 23 years, the Freemans have sung to countless audiences, had numerous top ten songs and have traveled all …

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  6. The Changing Face of West Fork

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    April 12, 2012 by Jeff Winkler

    Photos by Steve Winkler

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  7. PSAs for April 10-17

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    April 11, 2012 by Jeff Winkler

    BLUEGRASS & COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW April 14, 6 p.m-10 p.m. Brentwood Community Building. Adults $5, kids 6 to 12 $2, under 6 free. Concession available. Proceeds to Benefit West Fork Senior Class Project Graduation. For information call Velma 479-601-6947. EARLY GARDEN TIPS Get tips for a successful Ozark spring garden on Saturday, April 14, at the West Fork Public Library. James Maginot, owner of Beyond Organics, will talk about early season starters and give tips on planning your garden, seed selection, and early pest control to maximize vegetable production. This free event begins at 11 a.m. and is the fourth of the library’s “Six Saturdays of Spring Training” speaker series. For more information, call 839-2626. MUSIC AND FOOD BENEFIT Saturday, April 14, a Benefit for Brian Stephenson from 5-7 p.m. We will have music, food; a pie, baked goods, and quilts auction will start at 7 p.m.; food will be stew or chili; adult plate will be $8 and kids plate, $5; Damon Meadors will be handling music — Brian fell and broke his back & is recovering from paralysis. PLANT TREES, SAVE STREAMS Volunteers are needed for Spring Planting at the White River Streambank Stabilization Project, which will be …

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