C’Shores reaches settlement on Alvarenga wage claim
December 20, 2012, 10:00 pm by Alexandria Randolph
Cottonwood Shores City Council reached a settlement on former City Treasurer Chris Alvarenga’s wage claim on Thursday.
The council approved an agreement that paid Alvarenga a value not to exceed $5,000 in settlement.
"I feel that the attorneys have done due diligence with this issue,” said City Administrator Janet Taylor-Carusi following the meeting. "It’s good to finally put this issue behind us.”
In other news, the council also discussed opening a debit card account with Security Bank for the use of staff for travel and educational expenses. The account would have a maximum limit of $500.
The issue was met with dissenting opinion.
"I understand the necessity, I just want to be careful with it,” said Councilmember Travis Hockensmith. "When you have a debit card, when you use it, you’ve spent that money whether you have a receipt or not.”
For some on the council, the integrity of employees was a consideration.
"I would like to think that the people that we currently have are not going to do anything that is going to jeopardize their jobs,” Taylor-Carusi said.
"What I say here is not a reflection on the people that work
for us, that’s not what I’m doing here,” Hockensmith said.
For more on this story or to learn the winners of the Cottonwood Shores Christmas Lighting Contest, see the Highlander published on Wednesday.
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