Staff Senate Minute: January 14, 2004
SENATORS PRESENT: Sandy Bingham-Porter, Dan Carpenter, Kathy Cartwright, Lori Creek, Anne Cutright, Eric Davidson, Adam Due, Gale Kannmacher, Tom Leonard, Mosezell Magee, Matt Pederson, Doug Sloat
SENATORS ABSENT: Joe DeCaro, Zoraida Irizarry, Janice Spraker, Terry Tomer, Linda Strange
GUESTS: Sandra Barron
President Kathy Cartwright called the meeting to order at 1:15 pm in the 1895 Room in the University Union.
The December Staff Senate minutes were approved (Bingham-Porter, Sloat)
Sandra Barron addressed the questions concerning full-time status with layoff employee insurance benefits from last month's Senate meeting. She mentioned this was an existing issue when she was hired for the human resources position. A review concerning what an employee should pay in premiums should happen each year. Unfortunately, that did not take place this year. However, the review has now been performed and those employees affected by employment changes have been notified.
A refund for overpayment of insurance premiums is possible within six months of overpayment. Due to CMS (Central Management Services), it is not possible for a refund after more than six months has passed. Senator Cartwright will follow up with one of the Physical Plant's representatives.
Sandra Barron stated past practices of paid insurance premiums are not allowed due to CMS. However, the employee can go to their union representation to seek other ways to resolve this issue.
Screening Committee for Facilities Planning and Management Director: A name has been submitted to Vice President Cooley for representation.
Staff Senate Elections: Senator Spraker submitted a draft of the 2004 Nomination Petition for approval. A motion (Bingham-Porter, Sloat) was approved to ask Senator Spraker to chair the election process. Petitions will be attached to the February minutes and will be due back to the election chair by March 1. Election will be held April 21 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm in the in the Bookstore Lounge of the University Union.
Parking: Several parking issues were discussed. Taylor Hall will probably lose approximately ten parking spaces due to the installation of an external food freezer.
Union Advisory Board: Senator Due reported the board has met and are discussing budget.
CUPB: Senator Sloat reported a draft report was presented to go the NCA committee. The committee heard reports from most the VP subcommittees concerning planning year 2006.
Environmental Health Committee: Senator Carpenter forwarded the last meeting minutes. There is continuing discussion of the possible purchase of equipment to use in taller building emergencies. If purchased by the University, this equipment could also be used in non-emergency repairs or renovation.
The next meeting is February 11, 2004, in the Sullivan Room in the Union. Our meetings are always open and everyone is welcome to attend. If anyone has any questions or issues that they would like us to ask at our next meeting, please let one of the Senators know.
Please email any corrections to: Janice Spraker