SYLACAUGA -- The City Council has included an extra holiday for city employees for 2019.
The municipality’s holiday schedule was approved Tuesday night. City employees will get Good Friday off in 2019, thanks in large part to Councilman Donnie Blackmon.
Blackmon made the request to include Good Friday in the holiday schedule.
“We’ve got good people who do good work,” he said. “I think this holiday will let workers know we do appreciate them. Also, it is a religious holiday, and we do have ‘In God We Trust’ on everything. Plus, God has blessed us, and it would be my recommendation to include Good Friday as a holiday that will give our employees a day off. I couldn’t think of a better day to recognize.”
City Clerk Patricia Carden gave a rough estimate of what the extra holiday will cost the city. She estimated the cost at $6,800.
Carden said some businesses already are taking Good Friday off.
The council voted unanimously to add Good Friday to the schedule. Council members said employees deserved this holiday.
The following is the 2019 holiday schedule to be observed by city employees:
New Year’s Day -- Jan. 1;
King/Lee holiday -- Jan. 21;
Presidents Day -- Feb. 18;
Good Friday -- April 19;
Memorial Day -- May 27;
Independence Day -- July 4;
Labor Day -- Sept. 2;
Columbus/Native American Heritage Day -- Oct. 14;
Veterans Day -- Nov. 11;
Thanksgiving holidays -- Nov. 28, 29; and
Christmas holidays -- Dec. 24, 25;
Work sessions and council meetings postponed due to holidays will be on the Thursday following the holiday at the regular times, with work sessions starting at 5 p.m. and council meetings beginning at 6.
Also according to the holiday schedule, council meetings may begin immediately following the work session, if the session is short.