WATERTOWN — During a town meeting held Monday, January 4, the town council unanimously approved an appropriation of $142,812 for compensation to members of the Watertown Administrators Union.

The members of the union had conducted work related to Covid-19 during an extra 20 days beyond their 215 contractual working days.

In response to a question from a member of the public, Board of Education Chair Leslie Crotty explained that there were 12 administrators involved in the compensation adjustment.

There were no other questions or comments from the members of the public.

After a roll call vote was taken, a member of the public asked if voters would be allowed to weigh in on the matter, learning that the meeting had been warned in the newspaper to describe that only town council members would be voting.

This was due to the restrictions on in person meetings put in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

The notice said, “Pursuant to State of Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7JJ and for the protection of the public health and safety during Covid-19 Pandemic, the Watertown Town Council will consider approval of the appropriation. Public comment will be received and considered prior to the vote by the Watertown Town Council.” 

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