The Conway City Council approved bonuses for city employees during its regular meeting Tuesday.
The council approved the bonuses 6-0 with Aldermen Wesley Pruitt and Theo Jones were absent. All present aldermen and Mayor Bart Castleberry expressed the need to show appreciation to city employees.
Alderman David Grimes wanted to ensure that part-time elected officials – meaning city council members – were excluded from the bonuses but said he was glad full-time elected officials were included.
“That is the way it should be,” Grimes said.
All part-time city employees will receive a $150 bonus and all full-time employees will receive $350 for a total of $213,025, according to Chief Financial Officer Tyler Winningham.
He explained that each department’s fund will bear the cost of its employees’ bonuses.
The breakdown was as follows:
• $161,912 from the street fund.
• $14,221 from the sanitation enterprise fund.
• $34,678 from the airport fund.
• $2,214 from the general fund to cover part-time employees.
Other than part-time elected officials, few employees will be excluded.
“To receive a bonus, employees must be hired prior to the last full pay period in November and must be actively employed on the date of distribution,” the ordinance states. “Employees pending termination will not receive any appreciation bonus.”
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