Following the recent winter storm, the Washington County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to approve a pay adjustment totaling $340 to go to county employees who worked during the course of the storm.
A gesture of appreciation and commendation for those employees making such a sacrifice, the pay adjustment came at the recommendation of BOS president Carl McGee during the BOS’ previous regular meeting.
“Now keep in mind, the county employees did a tremendous job last week as (Mala) Brooks was saying, they actually showed up and made things happen,” McGee said,”If you all noticed traveling county roads, there’s nothing like getting up at 5 and 6 in the morning and actually traveling county roads to make sure everything is fine.”
McGee proceeded saying, “But what I’m going to ask this board for is a pay adjustment for those who worked. Ms. Carter has the list of everybody who worked and that includes the sheriff’s department, the employees at the regional jail, the buildings and grounds individuals, and road department individuals.”
District 1 Supervisor Lee Gordon asked if those employees received overtime on those particular days.
McGee’s response was that those employees did receive overtime, adding, “This is an additional amount of money that I’m asking for those individuals who worked during this time. Normally we have pay adjustments for like $170 a month but I’m asking for two hits which is a total of $340.”
District 2 Supervisor Tommy Benson asked if the county budget would be able to “survive” such a hit.
“No, but it can take fiscal,” McGee said.
During their regular Monday meeting, the BOS unanimously approved the amendment of a policy to authorize additional compensation to employees who work during emergencies in the county.
“This is an order amending the policy and it specifically spells out these are essential employees, not all employees,” attorney Willie Griffin said, “this doesn’t mean you’re going to use it, but the board has to have a policy authorizing that.”
Griffin informed the BOS that he will also have a policy drafted that clearly defines “essential employees” and will present it at the next scheduled regular meeting.