January 10, 2007 -- If you don't show up for work, in many cases you still get paid, thanks to sick or personal days.
But there's some controversy whether Huntington city council members should get paid if they don't attend regular call meetings.
When Huntington's city council meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month, they're paid $300 for each meeting. But concerned resident D. Everett Fullerton says according to the city’s charter, if members miss one of those bi-monthly meetings, they shouldn't get paid.
In section 3.14 of the charter it states, "In no event shall any council member receive compensation for any meeting which he or she did not attend.” Council member Jim Insco points out that another section of the charter says that a missed regular meeting can be compensated with a special call meeting. Darla Bentley, who works in the city finance office, says council members won't get paid for a missed regular meeting if they haven't attended a special call meeting.
Mr. Fullerton says he believes council members who have been paid when they didn't attend regular call meetings should reimburse the city. He plans to pursue the issue and meet with the mayor soon.