Frankfort City Council Approves One-Time Stipend of $2,000 for Employees

The Frankfort City Council on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance on all three readings that amended the 2022 salary ordinance.

“With the cost of living and things going up as much as they have been recently, we felt like it would be good for us to think about giving some kind of a stipend, or bonus to help our employees,” said Frankfort Mayor Judy Sheets.

Sheets added when they salaries were budgeted for 2022, they didn’t anticipate the prices jumping the way they have. She said each full-time employee and those who work 28 hours a week will receive the one-time stipend of $2,000 next month.

The Utility Service Board did something similar earlier this month when they approved a stipend of $3,000 for their employees which will come in the form of two $1,500 checks.

The council also passed the first reading of an additional appropriation ordinance 22-12.

“We got the Community Crossings grant this year and the bids came in a little bit lower than we anticipated,” said Sheets. “It’s a 50-50 match. So, what’s left over from the 50 percent that we received from the state that, has to go back. The city still had their 50 percent and the only way we could spend it is pass an additional appropriation.”

Council members openly wanted to pass this ordinance on all three readings. However, this couldn’t be done as this ordinance requires a public hearing which will be held Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m.

That appropriation comes out to be $93,000.

Sheets was then asked if it has been determined which road or roads would be paved with the extra funds.

“We’ve looked at different areas because there are so many roads that really need to be replaced,” said Sheets. “So, we’re just trying to figure out which one would the best to replace that paving. There is such a need for paving in the community.”

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  1. Clinton County is sitting on over 6 million in AARP funds. Let’s hope all of it doesn’t go to the Regions building quagmire. Many counties in Indiana gave their valued employees bonuses from the Covid money. Our council President stated in an earlier meeting that those counties who gave AARP money to its employees maybe jumped the gun. I’m not sure how treating employees to a once in a 100 year event bonus is jumping the gun.

    So should the county decide to allocate some money for a bonus and call it an “inflation bonus”, every employee would receive it regardless of how much they worked during Covid or how long they’ve worked for the county. Fairness would require 2 different allocations.

    Retaining qualified employees will become increasingly difficult with no acknowledgement of their value from the current county council.

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