Thursday, September 17, 2009

Council OKs Mandatory Retirement

The Cookeville city council has given its OK to a resolution that calls for mandatory retirement for police officers and firefighters. Under the proposal, those employees would have to stop working at the age of 62. City manager Jim Shipley says the resolution will take effect immediately, but won't mean that employees have to stop working today. Their last day of work would be October 1 because the resolution calls for employees to retire at the first day of the month following their 62nd birthday. About half a dozen employees are affected. Meanwhile, the council has given final approval to the annexation of about 90 acres of property in the area of Freehill Road and Choate Cemetery Road, north of the current city limits. A number of residents in the area spoke out against being taken in by the city, but the vote was 3-to-2 to approve the annexation. Council members Ricky Shelton and Sam Sallee voted no, saying they had issues with the timing of the annexation in the current economic climate.