Once again, tensions were high during the Coalition for Senior Citizens board meeting on Thursday, June 24. The board convened to decide whether the employees of the Pennington Life Center will be paid for their earned vacation and sick time after the Senior Center transition. The Board also discussed how to handle the hiring of employees. It was decided that the current employees will have to reapply for their positions with the County. This is necessary due to the requirements required by the Churchill County Human Resources Department. The decision was made after members of the public spoke during public comments.
Jackie Ugalde stated, “I don’t understand why this was all sprung on us without talking to the seniors to see what they wanted.” Ken Brown also spoke, stating, “Within the past few days there have many, many new faces in the center - why now? They should have been there when COVID hit, not just to take over!” Melanie Keener pled with the board, “Make sure you hire people with hearts that care about the seniors, not just people who want a job. It’s been sad watching the Director pack her things and be watched like she was a criminal. You don’t treat people like that! I hope you feel ashamed.”
The Coalition Board approved the measure which will require that senior center employees be paid for 100% of their vacation and 35% of their accrued sick leave. Board member Roberta Lind was the only member who voted against the measure.