EMS http://kut.org en City Council Members Concerned About Handling of $231K Employee Overpayment http://kut.org/post/city-council-members-concerned-about-handling-231k-employee-overpayment <p><em>This story comes to us from our city hall reporting partner, the <a href="http://austinmonitor.com">Austin Monitor</a>.</em></p><p>Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Council Member Bill Spelman, who both sit on the Council’s Audit and Finance Committee, as well as a local attorney with expertise in employment law, have expressed concern over the city’s handling of an employee who <a href="http://kut.org/post/clerical-error-causes-city-austin-overpay-ems-employee-200000" target="_blank">received more than $200,000 in salary overpayments</a> but was only required to repay $6,000 of it.</p><p>Cole, chair of the audit committee, told the <em>Austin Monitor</em>, "It is unacceptable for this error to have occurred in 2004 and not be discovered until 2011. The fact that it took two additional years to address the matter adds to my deep frustration upon being made aware of this issue. The employee should be required to repay these public funds to the extent legally pursuable."</p><p>An aide in Cole’s office told the <em>Austin Monitor</em> Thursday that she plans to put the matter on next Wednesday’s Audit and Finance Committee agenda. Fri, 23 May 2014 12:12:55 +0000 Mike Kanin 10481 at http://kut.org City Council Members Concerned About Handling of $231K Employee Overpayment Clerical Error Causes City of Austin to Overpay EMS Employee by $200,000 http://kut.org/post/clerical-error-causes-city-austin-overpay-ems-employee-200000 <p><em>This story comes to us from our city hall reporting partner, the <a href="http://austinmonitor.com">Austin Monitor</a>.</em></p><p>The City of Austin has overpaid a former Austin/Travis County paramedic by perhaps as much as $200,000 over an eight-year period that began in 2004. Though the problem was first discovered in 2011, it took until 2013 for the city to correct it.</p><p>According to a memo from Assistant City Attorney Lee Crawford, the city is legally entitled to “recover the amount of overpaid wages that (the employee) received for the last two years,” as of 2013. Crawford puts that figure at $68,014.55. However, under an agreement between the city and the overpaid employee, the employee was only required to return $6,240.00 of the total. Wed, 14 May 2014 11:17:49 +0000 Mike Kanin 10413 at http://kut.org Clerical Error Causes City of Austin to Overpay EMS Employee by $200,000 For West First Responders, Much-Needed Relief in Sight http://kut.org/post/west-first-responders-much-needed-relief-sight <p>Of the 14 confirmed fatalities in the West fertilizer plant explosion, 10 were first responders. Most were from West, but some were from nearby service districts like Abbott, Mertens and Navarro Mills, and one was a fire captain in the Dallas Fire Department who lived in West.</p><p>Of the town's 33 volunteer firefighters, five were killed and 11 were hospitalized in the explosion.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:02:50 +0000 Andrew Weber 7447 at http://kut.org For West First Responders, Much-Needed Relief in Sight Public Safety Commission Recommends Gun Control Measures (Updated) http://kut.org/post/public-safety-commission-recommends-gun-control-measures-updated <p><strong>Update</strong>:<strong> </strong>Austin’s Public Safety Commission voted unanimously Monday to send a resolution to local leaders aimed at reducing gun violence.</p><p>The resolution encourages the Austin City Council, Travis County Commissioners, the Austin Independent School Board and Austin Community College to stop leasing facilities for gun shows—or to require those shows to conduct background checks.</p><p>The commission also wants local law enforcement to hold gun buyback programs and to collect data on guns used in crimes. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 14:21:17 +0000 Andrew Weber & Laura Rice 6454 at http://kut.org Public Safety Commission Recommends Gun Control Measures (Updated)