One of the resolutions passed at the most recent McHenry County Board meeting concerns a bonus to Department of Health Administrator Melilssa Adamson.
It reads in part
WHEREAS, in June of 2021, in recognition of their tireless efforts, long hours, and significant contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Health recommended a one-time recognition pay be awarded to qualifying employees for exceptional service to McHenry County; and
WHEREAS, the Public Health Administrator was not included in the recognition pay and the Board of Health has determined that the Public Health Administrator should also receive recognition pay for her exemplary leadership during the pandemic; and
WHEREAS, this one-time recognition pay does not impact the Public Health Administrators’ ability to qualify for annual merit increases; and
WHEREAS, this proposal has been developed in consultation with the President of the Board of Health and County Administrator; and
WHEREAS, this proposal has been reviewed and recommended by the Board of Health to allow up to $9,358.40 be added to the Department’s FY2021 personnel budget.
WHEREAS , signed into law on March 11, 2021, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) provides $350 billion in additional funding for state and local governments; and
WHEREAS , the intent of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 legislation is designed to address the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic and economic recovery; and
WHEREAS , Sections 602(c)(1) and 603(c)(1) of the ARP Act of 2021 provide that funds may be used: b) to respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers; and
- WHEREAS , the County will receive $59,781,491.00 in ARPA funds, set up Special Revenue Fund 221, and must obligate these grant funds by December 31, 2024, and, spend by December 31, 2026, and any unexpended funds must be returned to the U.S. Department of the Treasury; and
- NOW, THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED, that an appropriation in the amount of $9,358.40 for FY2021 is authorized in the Department of Health budget…
McHenry Board member Jeff Schwartz (mistakenly wrote it was Jeff Thorsen before) was the only one who questioned the expenditure.