Perry Village adopts resolution to observe Juneteenth as a public holiday – News-Herald


Juneteenth will soon be on the list of recognized vacations by Perry Village.

The village council, at its October 14 meeting, approved a resolution adding June 15 to the public holidays observed by the government of Perry Village, beginning next year.

Council’s unanimous adoption of the measure did not automatically make Juneteenth a paid holiday for Perry Village government employees. This decision is expected to be taken separately by the board in early 2022.

President Biden recently signed a bill establishing Juneteenth – which takes place on June 19 – as the 12th federal holiday. In Ohio, Juneteenth has been designated as a paid holiday under Bill 110, the state’s two-year operating budget for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, signed this bill on July 1.

Juneteenth is a public holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Its place on the calendar stems from an occasion on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers announced freedom to enslaved blacks in Galveston, Texas, two months after the Confederacy surrendered during the Civil War. It was also about two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern States.

Before Juneteenth, America has not hosted a new federal holiday since the establishment of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.

In Perry Village, Juneteenth is slated to become the 11th holiday observed by the community government. For 2021, the list of holidays observed by the village government includes New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Day, Presidents Day, Remembrance Day, July 4th, Labor Day, veterans, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The day after Thanksgiving Day got a spot on the list when the village council decided it would replace Columbus Day as an observed holiday.

Councilor Mike Glover asked if the village is required to recognize new national holidays when they receive the official designation from the federal government.

“They keep adding new holidays to the calendar,” Glover said. “We could get to the point where we use 15 to 16 days off per year. “

Village attorney James O’Leary said the resolution presented to council on Oct. 14 simply said the Perry Village government would add Juneteenth to its list of observed holidays. If the council wanted June 19 to be declared a paid public holiday for village employees, or to close the village town hall to the public on that day, separate legislation would have to be approved in early 2022.

“There are options that the board has, just like you did with like Columbus Day (swapping it for the day after Thanksgiving),” he said.

Once council decides whether Juneteenth will become a paid or unpaid holiday, this information will also need to be added to the Perry Village government employee manual.

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