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July 5, 2020

4/22/2020 2:08:00 PM
City employees getting paid during pandemic
While the healthcare emergency continues, all of the city's 90 or so employees are countinuing to be paid.

The North Vernon City Council unanimously voted to keep paying city workers on March 23. A new ordinance was needed to extend pay to an unspecified length of time.

"The city employees are the backbone of our city," said Brian Hatfield, Council president. The current situation with the corona virus "is unprecedented. I'm in favor (of paying the employees)."

On that note, the Council waived the first reading of the ordinance and proceeded to unanimously vote to keep writing paychecks

City services are continuing, albeit on a modified schedule. Most offices are staffed with a "skeletal staff" and restricted hours.

It was noted the city has services considered essential, such as the water and wastewater plants. Utility staff will continue to man the office with "staggered" staff members getting billing out and taking payments.

The street department's crew is working till noon every day after such tasks as garbage pick-up and other essential tasks are concluded. Commissioner Rick Marksberry has said the men are then sent home so as to minimize any chance of contracting the virus.

Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Gerkin's office is open mornings to take care of the city's financial business.

And, of course, the police and fire departments are fully operational.

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