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January 20, 2013

Some struggle to attend meetings

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DANVILLE —

The council votes on resolutions and ordinances reviewed during the previous Tuesday Public Works or Public Services committee meetings.

Seven aldermen serve on the Public Services and Public Works committees, respectively.

Aldermen receive a stipend of $225 a month no matter how many meetings they attend. There is no per diem for aldermen, where they would be paid for the meetings they attend.

Davis said his work schedule of being a teaching assistant in the Urbana school district and also an assistant track coach caused him to miss meetings during the first half of 2012.

He also rides the city bus and must abide by its schedule, causing him to be late to some meetings.

In July 2012, Davis said he might be getting a different job that would allow him to attend meetings more regularly. That’s been the opposite case, however.

Davis, who sometimes doesn’t come back to Danville for days because he stays with a friend closer to work, says he’s continued to “try to maneuver” his work hours at the university. But he said he is “low on the totem pole,” in choosing hours before other co-workers.

Davis started missing all meetings when his job started in August. He said he tried to switch hours with another person who transferred, but that also didn’t work out. Davis works Saturday through Wednesday, with some other special training sessions.

He works in the housing division with food service at a dining facility in one of the residence halls. Until he’s off his probationary period in March, he can’t bid for other work hours.

“Once I get off probation, if I can’t bid out I will have to resign,” Davis said about being alderman.

Davis said his job has to come first. He said he has personal responsibilities to fulfill as far as his bills, loans and child support for his son.

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