LINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — At their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Board of Commissioners of Greene County adopted a resolution that gives Greene County General Hospital employees a one-time payment for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release, the resolution designated Greene County General Hospital “as non-public critical infrastructure sector employer” that is “eligible to receive a premium pay grant paid from Local Fiscal Recovery Funds”. The subsequent grant’s terms state that each eligible employee will receive a one-time premium pay amount of $1,000 for full-time employees, $500 for part-time employees and $250 for temporary or as-needed employees (PRN).

To be eligible for the premium pay in the mentioned amounts, the employee must have been employed by GCGH during all of the calendar year of 2021 and 2022 and be an employee of the hospital system at the time premium pay is determined and paid. The pay is subject to federal, state and local income tax withholdings, the release said.

The total grant amount will be paid to GCGH. GCGH will identify eligible employees and premium pay amounts based on the Commissioner’s criteria and will distribute the pay to employees.

Distribution of the grant is subject to the Greene County Council’s ratification of the amended local fiscal recovery plan and appropriation of the amount of the grant from Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. The Commissioners will present the amended plan and appropriation request to the Council at their Jan. 31 meeting.

Local Fiscal Recovery Funds used for this grant are part of the federal government’s American Rescue Plan Act, which distributed recovery funds to the states and to local governments to respond to COVID-19 in various ways. The grant is not funded by local income tax or real property tax revenues.

The Commissioners announced the grant to GCGH’s administration during the GCGH public board meeting held on January 18, 2022. GCGH’s administration had not requested the funds.

The premium pay grant was introduced to the hospital by the Commissioners to show appreciation to hospital employees’ continued dedication to the residents of Greene County, the release said.