Updated: December 11, 2012 1:58PM
CROWN POINT — The City Council on Dec. 3 established an early separation incentive plan for city employees in an effort to reduce payroll.
While similar but not as lucrative as the buyout offered in 2010, this once again offers city employees with enough years to retire to tender their resignations and receive a buyout from the city.
Mayor Dave Uran said requests will be due in the middle of the month.
“Then before your last meeting of the year you will have the exact number of people (applying for the buyout),” he said.
Councilman Bill Feder, D-at large, was not happy with holding both required votes approving the plan at one meeting, and before he knew who would be applying for its use.
He asked, “Wouldn’t it be better to wait until our Dec. 20 meeting to pass the second reading?”
Councilwoman Carol Drasga, R-5th, responded, “If employees don’t have assurance that the council approved this they may not apply.”
Uran said that right now it looks like four employees might take this option.
The motion passed the second reading 6-0-1 with Feder abstaining.
What this potentially does for the city, according to Uran, is take a higher-paid position, occupied by someone earning seniority pay, off of the city payroll. In the case of a public safety position in the police, fire or public works departments, that will open up the possibility of hiring someone at a lower level on the pay scale.
By taking from the top, advancement for other employees is also made possible.
Meanwhile, in non-safety and emergency services departments, the number of staff could be reduced by attrition.