Supervisors in Greene Township have voted to give township employees a large bonus, that’s according to Township Solicitor Gery Nietupski.
The vote means that township employees who worked through the pandemic as essential employees will receive $10,000 each.
The bonus money will come from American Rescue Plan funding.
Greene Township has released a statement to Action News on the decision to use the ARP Funds to provide “premium pay” to township employees:
“The primary mission of Greene Township and its Supervisors is to serve the best interests of its residents.
The Township has become aware that some Township residents are objecting to the Supervisors decision to use a portion of the American Rescue Plan (“ARP”) funds it has received from the federal government to provide “premium pay” to its employees.
First, ARP funds are designed to be transformative and to assist local government in providing pandemic related services to its residents. The ARP money, which is not part of the Township’s budget, will be completely transformative for all of us.
Second, the ARP legislation specifically provides that ARP funds may be used to provide “premium pay” to eligible employees. The Supervisors one-time decision to do so in our Township was done in complete accordance with both the spirit and the letter of the law. At the same time, Kuhl Hose received $13,678.44, lost income was replaced in the amount of $84,711.28 and $36,645 was provided for the Tate Road project, including electrical service.
Furthermore, this decision was made at a regular public meeting, and was voted on without any objection from anyone in attendance. The process was completely open and transparent. In addition, the vast majority of the funds received (80%) will be utilized for community wide projects within the meaning of the Act. To those who have asked, existing sewer projects, like ours, are not eligible for ARP funding. And, while we could have utilized the funds for a recycling truck, the maintenance of that type of service going forward would have come out of the general fund, which simply can’t afford it. Believe it or not, we think we do a pretty good job of managing the Township’s money.
Third, we understand that not everyone will agree with our decisions. It is every resident’s right to let your voice be heard on this or on any issue affecting the Township. We understand, appreciate and respect your comments, opinions and objections.
The Supervisors are, and have always been, committed to making our Township a great place to live and raise a family. Many of you know how very hard every Township official and every employee works for you every day. We hope you all take this into consideration.”
Greene Township Statement on ARP Funding
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