LIMA ó Members of Lima City Councilís Human Resources Committee voted Monday night to recommend waiting to resurrect an employee recognition program until after the city administration provides options and related costs for upgrading security at the city building.
The recognition program was discontinued three years ago because of Lima's budget crunch, human resource director Vincent Ozier said. Fourth Ward Councilor Tom Tebben, who chairs City Councilís Finance Committee, said he's concerned the city may not have enough money to implement whatever security enhancements Council approves and reinstate the employee recognition program.
ďI believe in employee recognition. I donít know if whatís in these plans is the right form of employee recognition, but I also know we have other issues that we just came out of the Finance Committee meetings that we are dealing with that have not been defined or quantified yet and probably the biggest one hanging out there is building security,Ē Tebben said. Ē I donít know where thatís going to end up. I know the administration plans to report back to us and to council by mid-March.Ē
Ozier has proposed reinstating the program this year and catching up with recognition for 2010, 2011 and 2012. Ozier told the committee it would cost approximately $13,000 to recognize approximately 173 employees.
ďPeople respond to raises and praises. I think itís time for managers and supervisors to be a part of their evaluation on how they do that with their employees,Ē said 7th Ward Councilor Paige Townsend, who chairs the Human Resources Committee. ďI agree with Tom that we need to know more about the security plans and options where that will be when that information is available and how Council is going to view that. Iím sure, as you said, there will be different price tags on everything. As in budgeting, if you have $13,000 here, you canít have it here,so what are we not going to have? It has to balance.Ē