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City still undecided about longevity pay
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In an ironic twist, McMinnville officials did not reach a determination in regard to longevity pay because the meeting ran out of time.Finance Committee members were interrupted in mid-discussion when their meeting ran past the allotted time allowed — 20 minutes to discuss three items, one of which was longevity pay.Before being cut short, Alderman Ken Smith made a recommendation to change the city’s longevity policy, a change he says will correct a “glitch” that requires employees to work past their anniversary date in order to receive that year’s longevity pay.Longevity pay was created to reward employees who have provided continuous service to the city. What each employee receives is based on their anniversary date in the calendar year the pay is to be issued. Checks are issued between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15 yearly, at a rate of $100 per year of service, up to $3,000.According to the policy, “to be eligible for longevity pay an employee must be considered a full-time, active employee at the time checks are distributed.”Smith recommended adding the words “or an individual who retires in the year in which the longevity pay is distributed.”When Smith previously brought the situation to the board’s attention, he was accused by Alderman Mike Neal of attempting to change the city policy for one employee — Greg Wanamaker, who decided to retire Oct. 31 and forfeit $2,900.Neal was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.