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Some employees with the city of Berea will receive a one-time payment of $1,000 for their work during the pandemic.

At the Berea City Council meeting on Tuesday, the body voted to approve — after several amendments — to pay full-time employees who worked between March 16, 2020 to May 17, 2020 an extra $1,000.

In Municipal Order 01-2021, it states that employees will receive the bonus in efforts to “compensate them for bearing additional burdens caused by COVID-19.”

Originally, the order stated those who “physically came to work” throughout the pandemic would be awarded. However, Council member Jerry Little made a motion to amend the language to include the remainder of employees who were “continuously on duty.”

This document was drafted after a similar previous order was approved which gave $1,000 to police and fire employees, and wanted to make it fair for other departments who worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Police and fire employees are not eligible for the $1,000 approved in Tuesday evening’s order, as their payment was stated to have been received on Dec. 31, 2020.

The council approved the document and its amendments unanimously.

Other business:

• Madison County Schools Superintendent David Gilliam gave an update to the Berea City Council regarding the Berea Career and Technology Center that broke ground last month. Gilliam stated it is expected to be completed in August of 2022.

• Akins Excavating was awarded a bid for the sanitary sewer project in the amount of $659,657. In addition, City Administrator David Gregory recommended rejecting a bid from Professional Pool Management of Kentucky for the city’s maintenance of the public pool.

• The city of Berea expressed their support for guidelines to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in Resolution 01-2021. This recognized using a face covering, social distancing six-feet and frequent hand washing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

• The council recognized their support for upcoming legislation in the General Assembly that would welcome Eastern Kentucky University as an equal partner in the Madison County Airport Board with Resolution 02-2021.

• Ordinance 01-2021 was discussed by the council which authorized the sale of real property for economic development at two tracts of property at 204 North Broadway Street and 213 Washington Avenue. The North Broadway Street parcel was sold in the amount of $435,000 to Stream Go Media LLC of New York.

• The first reading of Ordinance 02-2021, which revises sections of the Codes Ordinance for the Codes Enforcement Board, was read. A second reading will be held on Jan. 19.

The next special-called Berea City Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 7 at 5:45 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6695 or follow her on Twitter at @TaylorSixRR.

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