Trustees discuss merit raises, park permissions
By Michael Turton
The Village of Cold Spring discussed the merits at its March 19 meeting of a merit-based system for awarding wage increases to its employees.
Wage increases have generally been given to village employees at a set rate across the board. Under the merit system, said Deputy Mayor Marie Early said, employees could still receive those increases but would also eligible for additional raises for outstanding performance. Or an employee might receive a 3 percent increase, she said, as an example, while an employee who underperforms would receive no increase.
Mayor Dave Merandy was not persuaded. “My opinion is … it’s a disaster,” he said, adding that in such a small community, the proposed system would create an unhealthy work environment.
Early will research potential criteria for determining merit increases and report back to the board. The budget being drafted for 2019-20 includes a 2 percent increase in salary for village employees.
In other business …
- Five quotes, ranging from $17,600 to $38,000, have been received for repairing the Village Hall roof. Merandy said he is awaiting one more quote and that a decision to award the work will likely be made at next week’s meeting.
- Trustees authorized the mayor to sign a contract with Legion Fireworks to provide the pyrotechnics at the Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 6. The fireworks are again being sponsored by Nick Groombridge and Kim Connor. John Scherer reported that the Knights of Columbus will not operate a food concession at the Independence Day festivities, citing a lack of volunteers.
- The board will request more information, including a survey and construction drawings, from the owners of 15 Main St., who have asked to purchase a narrow strip of village-owned property at the front of the lot.
- Final approval of the application process and guidelines for use of Dockside Park is still at least a week away, pending revisions to the formal agreement portion of the draft application form. Trustees must also finalize fees to be charged for nonprofit organizations using Dockside or Mayor’s Park.
- Merandy postponed signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Joule Community Power until next week. Joule will administer Cold Spring’s participation in the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), through which municipalities and their residents purchase electricity at reduced prices. “We didn’t advertise this for anyone who might want to comment,” Merandy said. The towns of Philipstown and Fishkill and City of Beacon are also part of the CCA. The energy purchasing program will be discussed at the Tuesday, March 26, meeting.