Story by Christina Hedding
The Village of Florida Board held their monthly business meeting on Wed., Oct. 12. The Board discussed multiple ongoing projects and initiatives happening in the Village.
One of the primary projects was the work being done on the Cedar Crest sidewalks. Trustee Brian Slattery spoke on this project and informed the Board that the work was going well and should be completed in a week. He wanted to offer his thanks to the Village for their cooperation with the road work in spite of its inconvenience.
The Board also reported on the Seward/Mapes House restoration project, saying that the crew working on the house is doing a great job. Trustee Slattery said they should be finished with the cedar siding soon.
A final ongoing project the Board touched upon is the construction work on the Glenmere lake spillway. According to Trustee John Barczak, the spillway road work should be completed close to or by the Dec. 1 completion date.
Policy Change for Non-Union Full-time Village Employees
During the public comment portion of the meeting, Florida resident Patricia Rotella asked a question in regards to an agenda item discussing the work policy for non-union full-time employees paid by the Village. Rotella asked how many non-union full-time workers the Village had and how the policy would change. The policy on the agenda stated changes in pay rates, vacation/sick time and health insurance benefits. Village Clerk Gloria McAndrews stated that the primary point of the policy change was to bring the non-union full-time workers employed by the Village up to the same rates as the union workers.
Rotella then expressed concern about the increase in longevity pay for the non-union workers. McAndrews spoke again, saying that the change was minuscule compared to the union workers and that the pay would increase for the workers annually at a single rate. The Board said that the longevity payment will be divided by the employee’s annual number of work hours and added to the employee’s hourly salary.
The policy change was tabled with further discussion needed at a later work session.
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