Council OKs one-time bonus for Village employees
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Money is always a problem; and it’s become more of a problem since the recession began in late 2008. We would rather not have to think about money, but like former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis said: “I don’t like money, actually, but it quiets my nerves.”
During last Wednesday’s Sunbury Village Council meeting, council member Tom Zalewski asked if council members were going to help calm village employee’s nerves a bit by considering raises for 2013.
Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield reminded Zalewski that during the previous village council meeting, council members talked about raises versus a one-time bonus payment.
“We had discussions with Dave Martin and some of the village leadership and decided on a bonus as opposed to a raise,” Hatfield said. “Part of it will be a one-time payment based on salary, part of it for performance.”
Hatfield said the idea was to make the payment in December of this year because of money that’s left over in this year’s budget.
“We have $41,758, I would like to ask council to appropriate $43,000 to distribute to all employees including part-time,” Hatfield said. “The bonuses will be based on salary plus performance rating. We thought it was appropriate adding part of this around employee appraisals.”
Following the approval of a motion to appropriate $43,000 for village employee bonuses, Hatfield said it was a very delicate situation because employees have not had raises during the past three years.
“Regardless of where an employee’s salary is, they continue to do a really good job,” Hatfield said. “We looked real hard at this, I looked at next year’s budget real hard, and we’ll look at this again next year.”