Rodney Muterspaw, a retired Middletown police chief and first-year council member, said Middletown’s previous 12-step pay program was “unheard of in any business.”
He said all city employees are “vastly underpaid.”
Councilman Zack Ferrell said the contract was “a step in the right direction” and Vice Mayor Monica Nenni said attracting and retaining good employees in any organization is “paramount.”
Every non-union city employee will receive a one-time lump payment of premium pay using some of the city’s ARPA funds.
The cost of the payment is expected to be about $386,928, according to city documents.
The city has received ARPA funding from the Federal government that allows for so-called “Premium Pay” (up to $13/hour for employees deemed essential, for whatever number of hours the city might designate) to “essential employees” working through the COVID-19 pandemic.
In February 2022, council authorized the payment of “premium pay” for all active trade union employees with the intent to also extend similar premium payments to the city’s remaining essential employees.
Each employee must have been employed by the city on April 16, 2022 to be eligible for this premium pay, according to city documents.