City rewards employees
A group of Lansing city employees reaped monetary rewards last week for a job well done this year.
City Council President Don Studnika and City Administrator Mike Smith handed out checks to 37 city workers during Thursday's City Council meeting. The workers were recipients of the city's annual discretionary merit pay award.
Smith said this was the 12th year for the awards, which are given annually at the first council meeting in December.
"It's a nice thing to have around the holidays," Smith said.
The awards range from $400 to $600, he said, depending on how qualifying employees were rated in their performance evaluations. Those who earned "exceptional" status received a $400 bonus; the majority of those who earned a rating of "outstanding" received $550; the top-rated employees received $600, Smith said.
The council sets aside $15,000 annually for the program, Smith said. Open to any employee who has been with the city for at least a year and is not on probationary status, the program is separate from the annual cost-of-living increase city workers receive each January.
In awarding the employees, Studnika offered his gratitude on behalf of the council.
In other action Thursday, the council:
¢ Approved minutes from the Nov. 18 council meeting.
¢ Unanimously approved reappointment of John Hendrickson and Kevin Gardner to terms on the Lansing Tree Board ending Dec. 31, 2007.
¢ Unanimously approved reappointment of Tim King, Richard O'Donnell, Tina Orth, Brian Pettis and Richard Pitts to terms on the Lansing Parks and Recreation Board ending Dec. 31, 2006.
¢ Unanimously approved appointment of Brian Kroll to a term on the Lansing Parks and Recreation Board ending Dec. 31, 2005.
¢ Unanimously approved renewal of a cereal malt beverage license for 7-Eleven Sales Corp., 501 N. Main St.
¢ Unanimously approved renewal of a cereal malt beverage license for Petro Deli No. 2, 601 S. Main St.
¢ Unanimously approved renewal of a cereal malt beverage license for Easy Goods, 506 N. Main St.
¢ Unanimously approved renewal of a cereal malt beverage license for Wood Oil No. 23, 109 4-H Road.
¢ Received correspondence from Time Warner Cable.
The employees who received bonuses are:
Billy Blackwell II