WELLSVILLE - This holiday season, Wellsville Village employees will receive the gift that always comes in the right color: money. Village council voted unanimously to give Christmas bonuses to its employees during a special meeting held Tuesday afternoon in council chambers. Council members Tonda Ross and Diane Dinch were absent and excused from the meeting.
Before the vote, councilman Tony Cataldo stated that village employees have not received any holiday bonuses since 2009, a fact that did not reflect on their performance. "Our workers are very dedicated, hard workers," he said. Discussions around village hall yielded a consensus agreement that the employees were deserving of the additional compensation. "We did find some money to give them bonuses this year," he said.
All Wellsville full-time employees, including Police Chief Joe Scarabino, Lieutenant Ed Wilson and seven police officers, Fire Chief Bill Smith and one firefighter, three street workers, two office staff and cemetery caretaker Mike Lombardozzi will receive bonuses of $300 each. Village administration, including administrator Thom Edgell, fiscal officer Dale Davis, zoning officer Rick Williams and animal control officer Heidi Pecorelli, will also receive the $300 bonuses. Part-time village employees who have worked more than 800 hours this year, including two volunteer firefighters, two police officers and sewer clerk Lynn Harris, will receive bonuses of $100 each.
The total sum of the bonuses is approximately $6,800 according to Davis. Village Mayor Susan Haugh emphasized that funds for the bonus payments were not coming from revenues of the recently-passed sewage rate increase, which she says has been the object of rumor in the village already. "One has nothing to do with the other," she stated. "You can't take money out of the sewage fund to pay for the bonuses," Cataldo added. In fact, no additional revenues from the rate hike have been collected yet, as it does not take effect until Jan. 1 of next year.
The next regular council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the village hall.