The Winamac Town Council Monday approved the salary ordinances for the years 2016 through 2018 for town employees, elected officials, and police department employees. They also decided to amend the work schedules for employees and elected officials, to give them the day after Thanksgiving off as a paid holiday instead of employees’ birthdays.
Town manager Brad Zellers told the council the change was requested by many town employees after Winamac received almost no business during that day. Council member Judy Heater felt the change was a good idea, “It’s a slim day, and it’s at the end of the month. It’s towards the end of the month, so everything’s done. Nobody’s coming in to pay bills; that’s all done. The bills are paid; that’s all done. There’s just nothing going on, and it’s the same day for everybody. It’s not spread out all over the calendar year.”
The change takes effect starting January 1.
Also during Monday’s meeting, outgoing town attorney John Kocher said his farewell to the council and acknowledge both the current and past council members he’s worked with, “It’s been a pleasure and honor being able to work with all you guys. Some are still here. Some have passed on, sadly. It’s just I can’t believe 22 out of the last 32 years, I think I’ve been town attorney.”
Town council president Kenneth McFarland, on behalf of the current council members, thanked Kocher for his work with the town.