|Rocky Mount employees to get $300 bonus|
Friday, September 13, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Rocky Mount residents who own a vehicle will no longer have to purchase a decal each year, and town employees will receive a $300 Christmas bonus this year.
Those two matters were unanimously approved by Rocky Mount Town Council Monday night.
Although the auto decals will no longer have to be purchased, vehicle owners will still pay the $25 fee, which will be tacked on personal property tax bills annually.
Linda Woody, town finance director, said the current decals expire March 31, 2014.
The Christmas bonuses of $300 per employee will come from $32,000 that is in the current town budget for bonuses.
Council member Bobby Moyer said all town employees should get the same amount of bonus, regardless of their level of pay. None of the other council members disagreed.
The bonuses will add up to $18,000. The remaining funds will be carried over to next fiscal year's budget and could be used to help fund bonuses next year or for outstanding performance by employees.
In other matters Monday night, council:
•Reappointed Adam Lynch and Ann Dillon to the town's Economic Development Authority. Their terms are four years beginning Oct. 1.
Council member Bobby Cundiff abstained from voting.
Moyer asked that there be two motions and two votes -- one vote to appoint Dillon and a separate vote to appoint Lynch. Other members of council agreed. Moyer voted "no" on the reappointment of Lynch.
Requests approved by council included:
•A waiver of rental fees for the United Way of Franklin County to hold a kick-off event at the farmers' market on Sept. 12.
•A request by the Blue Ridge Association for Sickle Cell Anemia to hold a walk-a-thon along the downtown sidewalks, beginning at Mary Elizabeth Park, traveling to the Riverside Minute Park and returning to the park. The event will be on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.