Prior to the adoption of Ord. 018160 on 07/06/2004, Section 18-66 read as follows.


    For the purposes of this division, the following words and terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed:

    Accrued benefit. The monthly amount which would be payable to a covered employee at normal retirement date based upon highest average salary and years of service as of the date of determination.

    Active service. The regular service of a covered firefighter employee and sick leave and vacation accrued and actually taken as a result of that employment, as well as military leave which qualifies under the Veterans Reemployment Rights Act (38 U.S.C. 2021, et seq.) as now enacted, or hereafter amended. It shall exclude periods spent by an otherwise active employee any inactive pay status such as lost time, leave of absence or other leave for military service. Such voluntary or involuntary absences of a covered firefighter employee shall not be counted as time spent in active service and covered employment.

    Child or children. The natural or legally adopted child or children of a covered employee.

    Code. The Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

    Compensation. The total amount of salary, wages, and overtime pay currently paid or payable by the city to a covered employee for his service. Compensation shall include any amounts contributed to a cafeteria plan under code section 125, any amounts contributed to a deferred compensation plan under code section 457, and any amounts contributed to this plan on behalf of a covered employee and picked up by the city under code section 414(h).

    Covered employment. The active service of a covered firefighter employee and service covered by another plan established by this article.

    Covered firefighter employee. A person employed by the Columbia Fire Department as a full-time, regular firefighter. This term shall exclude clerical employees, watchmen, school traffic guards, turnkeys, volunteers and any other employee or associate, regardless of whether they are commissioned as a firefighter, when they are not a salaried full-time, regular firefighter of the city.

    Eligible spouse. The spouse of a covered employee to whom the employee was married at the date of the covered employee's death.

    Highest average salary. The average of the thirty-six (36) months of covered employment, whether or not consecutive, in which such covered employee's salary was the highest, or, if he has less than thirty-six (36) months of service, then the average salary over his entire period of service. For the purposes of calculating the thirty-six (36) months of highest average salary, no period shorter than one of twelve (12) months shall be used in that calculation.

    Plan year. The twelve-month period commencing on each October 1 and ending on the following September 30.

    Trustee. The City of Columbia.

    Trust fund. The assets held by the trustee at the time of the adoption of this division and such assets as thereafter increased or decreased by contribution, investment, reinvestment, expenses (including any taxes), and distributions.

    Widowed spouse. A spouse who is legally married to a covered firefighter employee at the date of his death.

    Year(s) of service. A plan year in which a covered employee scheduled for eight-hour shifts has at least two thousand (2,000) hours of service. A covered employee who has fewer than two thousand (2,000) hours of service in a plan year which includes the date his employment or reemployment commenced shall in each case receive a partial year of service equal to the number of his hours of service in such plan year divided by two thousand (2,000). For a covered employee scheduled for twenty-four-hour shifts, year(s) of service, means a plan year in which the covered employee has twelve (12) calendar months with at least nine (9) shifts of service per month. A covered employee who has fewer than twelve (12) months of service in a plan year which includes the date his employment or reemployment commenced shall in each case receive a partial year of service equal to the number of his months of service in such plan year divided by twelve (12).

(Code 1964, § 9.1940; Ord. No. 10953, § 1, 3-17-86; Ord. No. 11745, § 1, 1-4-88; Ord. No. 12868, § 1, 2-4-91; Ord. No. 15212, § 1, 4-21-97)

    Cross reference(s)--Definitions and rules of construction generally, § 1-2.