If you want to work part-time for the City of Wood River, you will have to go through a background check and agree to undergo routine drug tests before you are hired. The City Council approved an ordnance last night, changing the application requirements for all part-time workers and also extending the drug testing requirement to cover all full-time employees.
Mayor Fred Ufert says that many of the city's part-time employees work during the summer months at places like the Wood River Aquatic Center.
Ufert says that all full-time employees were already required to pass a background check prior to being hired and that this decision was a necessary one.
In other business, the council also voted to approve a number of items that allow the city to adopt an IMRF Early Retirement Program. Mayor Ufert says that it will affect about 12 employees and that it will save the City $482-thousand per year.