Town of Ulster to use some COVID relief money for employee bonuses – Daily Freeman

TOWN OF ULSTER, N.Y. – Officials will use $35,182 from federal COVID-19 funding to cover bonuses for employees who worked through the pandemic prior to the availability of vaccinations.

The additional pay was authorized during a recent Town Board meeting, with Supervisor James Quigley noting that 10 department heads will receive $2,500 plus benefits each while 3 other employees will receive $1,000 plus benefits each.

“The department heads get a higher dollar number because … they were required to respond to everything regardless of when it happened,” he said.

The town is scheduled to receive $1.29 million from American Rescue Plan Act, with half of that funding received earlier this year.

Allowed uses of the funds include pay for essential public safety, public health, health care and human services.

“We have not figured out spending the rest of the money,” Quigley said.

“We’ve appropriate money from the ARPA funds for the Spring Lake phase two sewer district, which was about $200,000,” he said. “We also appropriated about $98,000 in premium pay to the Police Department.”

Quigley expects that the decisions about the use of the remaining funds will be made early next year.

“My plans are to focus on the infrastructure needs of the community as it relates to the water, sewer, and stormwater needs within the town,” he said.

“One of the possible expenditures … is the stormwater problem with Central Hudson,” Quigley said. “I very well may propose that we use proceeds from the ARPA fund to fund that engineering study. I want to get the numbers finished before I get there.”

Town Board members in October approved spending up to $40,000 to develop a drainage plan for Katrine Lane and establish a district for residents in that area. An engineering study would be needed to establish specific action needed to correct the problems.

Problems on Katrine Lane date to work apparently done more than 50 years ago, when property currently used by Central Hudson was owned by Miron for a lumber yard.

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