Council gives employees a holiday surprise

Published 2:43 pm Monday, December 14, 2020

The Farmville Town Council was able to provide an early Christmas surprise to each of its 148 employees to help compensate for what has been a long, trying 2020. Council approved a $500 payment to each employee during its Wednesday, Dec. 9, monthly meeting.

The town recently received $150,000 in CARES Act money from Prince Edward County to reimburse the town for what it has spent on public safety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This $150,000 goes back into our general fund,” Town Manager Dr. Scott Davis said while asking the council for guidance on what to do with the money.

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After some discussion, the council agreed to take $79,661 of the money to provide a one-time payment of $500 to each of the town’s 148 employees. The total also includes the required FICA payment for the one-time payment. The remaining $70,339 was set aside in a contingency fund as council anticipated more stringent restrictions from the state that could negatively affect local businesses and impact the town’s revenue.

A couple town department heads attending the meeting expressed appreciation for the decision.

“Thank you all for what you did tonight. That will make a big difference to a lot of employees,” Director of Public Works Robin Atkins said.

Police Chief Andy Ellington also thanked the council for the decision.

“You all have had a heck of a year this year. You had some really tough decisions to make, and I respect you for that. You are really going to make a lot of employees happy come Christmas,” Ellington said. “We’ve done this together. We’ve all worked as a team, and we’re looking forward to quickly getting into 2021.”