Granby offiicials examine policy for personal use of town vehicles
Grand County, CO Colorado
GRANBY – As town officials look toward cracking down on use of town vehicles, streets superintendent Joel Moore told trustees last week that he feels a long-time benefit is wrongly being scrutinized.
Moore used to live inside Granby town limits but now lives 10 miles away toward Grand Lake.
Driving a town truck back and forth to work is considered a perk and respected as such, he said.
“I thought it was some thank you for carrying the phone 24-7 and being available 24-7,” he said during an Aug. 10 Granby board meeting.
To him, the privilege of driving the town truck home is “compensation for being on-call.”
Moore explained that his job is not always 9 to 5, especially in winter when oftentimes he is called out for street clearing during a snowstorm.
Since he does not always clock-in for some of the work he does, use of the town vehicle makes up for it, he said.
Town officials said they had been unaware that the street superintendent was not being compensated directly for being on-call. Trustees and the mayor asked the town attorney to look into the laws behind on-call pay, and Mayor Jynnifer Pierro directed Moore to make sure he was paid for the work he does.
The privilege for the street superintendent to use a town vehicle for transportation to and from work was granted by the Granby Town Board about 15 years ago, according to Town Manager Wally Baird.
But the fact that Moore moved farther from town caused town trustees to review the privilege, leaning toward adopting a new policy that would either limit the use of town vehicles or leave employee vehicle use to the discretion of the town manager.
“I don’t think it’s an expense the taxpayers should be responsible for,” said Trustee Ed Raffety, prior to hearing Moore’s testimony.
Town Manager Wally Baird said he would instigate a study to calculate which scenario would be in the town’s best financial interests: Allowing lead employees to drive vehicles as a benefit to them, or limiting the privilege, exempting only the town police chief.
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