Council approves additional paid leave for Wilmington employees who receive COVID-19 vaccine

Council approves additional paid leave for Wilmington employees who receive COVID-19 vaccine
City of Wilmington employees will get an additional four hours of paid leave if they receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - City of Wilmington employees will get an additional four hours of paid leave if they receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Wilmington City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night which will provide paid leave to qualifying city employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The policy would provide 10 days of paid leave to qualifying employees for health-related reasons and provide 10 days of advanced leave to qualifying employees who have exhausted all of their leave and must be out of work for childcare reasons.

“The benefits provided for in this resolution would be available through June 30, 2021, and any advanced leave provided under this resolution will be paid back to the City through payroll deduction in a manner that will allow the City to recover all advanced leave by June 30, 2022,” according to city staff.

The resolution also will allow city employees to receive four hours of paid leave if they provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19.

Bijou Park improvements moving forward

Improvements at Wilmington’s Bijou Park are moving ahead.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the city council approved a resolution awarding the construction contract to Muter Construction. Council members then approved an appropriation of $230,000 to fund the project.

The park is located between River Place and N. Fourth Street.

“The Bijou Park Renovations Project involves demolition of existing infrastructure and a complete renovation of the site with contemporary landscape features and other extensive upgrades to promote activation and safety. Key park elements include string lighting and moveable seating spaces and alternate bid elements such as an entry feature, raised planter wall, green wall, decorative block seating, screen panels and pavers,” according to City Manager Sterling Cheatham’s submission to City Council.

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