Instead of passing emergency legislation Jan. 24 to reduce the amount of vacation time city employees can accrue, Upper Arlington City Council ultimately chose to give the legislation the standard three readings.

Instead of passing emergency legislation Jan. 24 to reduce the amount of vacation time city employees can accrue, Upper Arlington City Council ultimately chose to give the legislation the standard three readings.

The ordinance would allow full-time city employees hired before Jan. 1, 2011, to accrue 80 hours of vacation time after one year of continuous service and up to 160 hours after 13 years of continuous service. After 13 years, employees could earn an additional eight hours of vacation time per year for each additional three years of continuous service.

Under the ordinance, employees hired after Jan. 1, 2011, could accrue 80 hours of vacation time after one year of continuous service and 120 hours after five years.

The main change to the city's current vacation policy has to do with capping the amount of vacation time city employees can carry over. Under the ordinance, each full-time employee would be allowed to carry over vacation time at three times their annual vacation accrual rate, but would lose any vacation time beyond that unless they use it before the end of the year.

Council president Frank Ciotola and members Wade Steen, David DeCapua, Ed Seidel and Erik Yassenoff voted to pass the ordinance as emergency legislation, while vice president Mary Ann Krauss and Debbie Johnson voted against it.

Johnson and Krauss said they think council should wait until the city completes a compensation study this spring before passing the ordinance.

"I think we are making policy ahead of time," Johnson said.

Since emergency legislation requires six votes to pass, the ordinance will automatically require two more readings and a 30-day waiting period to be enacted, said city attorney Jeanine Amid Hummer. Any employees hired before the ordinance is enacted would not be affected by it.

City manager Virginia Barney said the city has begun the process of screening applicants for two positions in the utilities division and will let them know about the pending legislation.

"If we interview before you make your decision, we will tell applicants that this is in flux," Barney said.

The second reading of the ordinance will take place at council's Feb. 7 conference session.

In other business Jan. 24, Ciotola reappointed Steen as chairman and DeCapua and Yassenoff as members of council's finance committee. Ciotola also appointed William Shkurti to the Upper Arlington Library Board of Trustees for a four-year term that began Jan. 25. Shkurti will complete the unexpired term of Krista Sisterhen, who resigned due to scheduling conflicts.