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Nov 01

HR Reminder: November 2013

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM by Maggie Goodman

HR Reminders:  November 2013

Posted by Maggie Goodman

What’s Going On In City Departments?

City Hall:

  • Cathy Mustard’s is officially retiring on November 22nd.  Cathy started with the City of Lebanon on July 17, 1972.  Please take a moment to wish her good luck & thank her for 41 years of service!

HR Department:

  • Job postings include: Tourism Sales Director and Equipment Tech. II
  • Conducting interviews for the Finance Director.

Police Department:
Nothing to report

Fire Department:  Nothing to report.

Public Works:

  • Working on Brice Street & Tower Road projects.

Park & Recreation:

  • Christmas in the Park December 6th
  • Park restrooms will be closing for winter on November 1st with the exception of Boswell and Harke Park.
  • Atchley Park now has lights around the walking trail.

Civic Center:

  • In front of the Civic Center is the City’s Christmas tree.  There will be tree lighting celebration in December.  More information will be forthcoming on the event details.


Announcements & Up-Coming Events:

A Note From Gwen Hogan:
Gwen sent the following email to share with co-workers.

Dear Co-Workers,

I have good days and bad days and don't seem to find an answer as to what causes me to have good and bad days.  I can have Afib attacks every 1-2 hours a day and night and then not have but 1 the next day. It is a crazy medical mystery and I can't find any rhyme or reason to it.  
          When I do have the attacks, I have to stay in bed because my heart rate goes so high and I get very weak and try to pass out when my heart continually tries to get back into a normal rhythm.  My body does seem to be getting use to the abnormal heart rate because I can motivate a little better now when I have the attacks. 
           My first procedure is scheduled for Nov 18th. They will go down in my stomach to look behind the heart to make sure there are no blood clots. On Nov 19th, they will perform the heart ablation surgery.  After the surgery, I will have to stay in the hospital overnight and hopefully go home the next day.  I will have to stay at home about 5 days and then should be able to return to work.  I will be so glad when this is over and I can return to work and a normal life.

          I miss seeing all of you guys at City Hall and Public Works and consider myself to be very blessed with such good caring friends and co-workers. My husband and I truly appreciate everything you have done for us.

Flu Shot Make-Up Day: November 6th

This is an opportunity for employees only.  No flu shots will be authorized after Nov. 6th
November 6th: 12:30pm to 2:30pm is the make-up day.  This will be in the City Hall Council Chambers. 

2014 Benefits Open Enrollment:
Wednesday, December 4th at City Hall from 9am to Noon.  This is your opportunity to make changes to your health & dental insurance and flexible spending account.  Changes to your benefits will be effective January 1, 2013.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month:The City of Lebanon raised $220.00 to support the Mercy Health Foundation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.  Thank you to everyone that supported this cause & for more information on how to get involved visit

Blood Drive Bash at City Hall:
34 employees had life drained out of them at City Hall on Halloween.  The City’s goal was to collect 30 units and when it was all said and done 41 units was the final number.  The Red Cross was pleased with the turnout and will be back in March for another drive.

Special thanks to all of the staff for being supportive of a great cause, Melissa Myers and the Parks Department for the set-up!  Laina Starnes for making the suggestion.  Below is a breakdown of department participation.  We had 6 first time donors!

Public Works = 14 employees   Civic Center=5 employees      Parks=4 employees

City Hall = 9 employees   Fire = 2 employees

 **********Winner of the Day Off was-KAHLA MCCLURE***************

 Fun Days to Keep in Mind!
Saturday, November 2nd - National Cookie Monster Day

Thursday, November 7th - National Men Make Dinner Day

Monday, November 11th - Veteran’s Day-City offices will be closed.
Thursday, November 14th - National Teddy Bear Day.

Thursday, November 28th - Thanksgiving Day-City offices will be closed.

Friday, November 29th - Black Friday-City offices will be closed.

IT Tip of the Month:

In an effort to better serve the city users, the IT Department has provided an e-ticket if there are issues/problems and we are not immediately available. If you select the link below and fill in the open boxes as detailed as possible, we will immediately receive the ticket through our phone/email. We will respond as soon as possible in a priority system. For those who are on weekends and or night shifts, please use the online system unless it is detrimental to work at which time call the stand-by phone (417-650-1398). If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call at your convenience.  

 Year End Reminders:

 2013 Flexible Spending Account Claims (FSA):
This is a friendly reminder that you have until December 31st to submit for reimbursable FSA claims. Forms are on the website at or the L-Drive HR folder.

December Vacation Buy-Back:Employees that wish to participate in the December vacation buy-back must submit completed and approved forms to either Marcia or Maggie by 5pm on Tuesday, November 26th.  The guidelines and form are on the website at or the L-Drive HR folder.  Forms received after the deadline date will not be processed.  Please post this notice for employees without email to review.  Approved funds will be reflective on the December 6th payroll.


Wellness Program

November Wellness Calendar:

Bi-Monthly Health Meeting Topic: Winter Wellness: Flu Season Prevention & Tips

Wednesday, November 6th: City Hall Council Chambers from 11:30am to Noon
November 26th: Public Works Break Room from 11:30am to Noon

Blood Pressure Checks:
Wednesday: November 6th from 11am to 11:30am in the City Hall Council Chambers

Tuesday: November 19th from 11am to 11:30am in the Public Works Conference Room
Tuesday: November 26th from 11am to 11:30am in the Public Works Break Room

Nicotine Meeting:
Tuesday: November 19th from 11:30am to Noon in the Public Works Conference Room

Community Events:
Pro Outdoor Fitness Festival marathon/half marathon/5k-November 2nd in Springfield

Bass Pro Shops Camo Fun Run 2mile-November 2nd in Springfield

Run To The Lights 5k-November 8th in Branson

Lebanon Turkey Trot & Gobble Wobble-November 28th in Lebanon

19th Annual Turkey Trot 5k Run & Walk-November 28th in Springfield

Christmas in the Park’s Christmas Dash-December 6th at Atchley Park, Lebanon

Please visit for more event details.

 City’s Safety Corner

 October 2013 Work Comp Report:

  • In 2013, there was 1 report only claim.
  • In 2012, there was 1 report only claim.
  • In 2011, there were 4 claims.  Two were report only, one medical and one lost time.
  • In 2010, there were 2 medical only.

Safety News:
The Month of November represents several safety initiatives for in the home and at work.  Below is a list of the National Safety Council Calendar.

  • November 11th through 17th: Get Smart About Antibiotics Week
  • November 18th through 24th: National Teens Don’t Text & Drive Week
  • Starting November 21st through January 1st:  Tie One On For Safety.

Started November 15th, red ribbons will be provided to all City Employees to place on vehicles in honor of Tie One On For Safety.  This is MADD’s national campaign.  More information will be forth-coming in meetings and payroll.

  • 2013/2014 Safety Training Calendar has been posted.  Please contact Maggie Goodman with any questions.


November Birthday’s & AnniversariesJ
**Take a moment & tell your co-worker Happy Birthday!

November 1st: Jim Bryant                   November 2nd: Tanner Hunt
November 6th: Ronald Davidson         November 7th: Sonya Shaufer           
November 8th: Richard Coryell           November 17th: Danny Clift

November 19th: Joseph Seaman         November 21st: Terry Saltzman
November 22nd: Stephen Mino           November 23rd: Troy Starnes

November 24th: Travis Johnson           November 27th: Emily Mebruer                     November 28th: Joe Williams              November 29th: Randall Haefner

November  Longevity Anniversary’s:
*Employees that have completed 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 & 40 years of service.

Chester Lowery=15 Years in Public Works on November 23rd.

Tim Ray = 10 Years in the Fire Department on November 10th.

Officer Cory Lowrance completed his 1st Year on November 17th.


**Please let me know if you have an employee that has great news to share.  

 Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!