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Council to vote on repealing residency rule
For city department heads

Monday, August 26, 2013

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Martinsville City Council on Tuesday will consider adopting on second reading, which would make it official, an ordinance amendment repealing a residency requirement for city department heads.

The ordinance has stated that the city manager, city attorney, assistant city manager and department heads must establish residence in Martinsville within 12 months after their employment begins, and they must live in the city as long as it employs them.

But the city manager can make exceptions, the ordinance has stated, “when unusual or extraordinary conditions exist that would constitute a hardship for an applicant.”

The residency requirement has hindered the city’s ability to recruit Henry County residents for jobs, officials have said.

The amendment to repeal it was adopted on first reading in a 3-2 vote on Aug. 13.

The council will consider final approval of the repeal when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building on West Church Street uptown.

Other agenda items will include:

• Considering setting a public hearing on proposed amendments to the city zoning ordinance pertaining to home child care.

• Considering a resolution setting the allocation percentage for personal property tax relief for qualifying vehicles in the city for tax year 2013.

• Recognizing city employees eligible for longevity of service awards.

• Presenting proclamations recognizing National Day to Serve, Baby Safety Month and National Payroll Week.

• Considering routine-type budget changes.

• Hearing business from the floor.


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