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Fargo Park Board approves one-time inflationary bonus for employees

The $2,000 one-time adjustment is for all regular full-time employees who were hired before May 1.

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The Fargo Park Board has approved a one-time inflationary pay bonus for full-time employees of the district.
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FARGO — The Fargo Park Board approved a one-time inflationary bonus for district employees on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The $2,000 one-time adjustment is for all regular full-time employees who were hired before May 1.

Employees hired on or after May 1 will receive a prorated amount based on months of employment, while workers must be employed as of Sept. 30 to receive the adjustment.

Employees not eligible for the adjustment include seasonal employees, regular part-time employees and any employee who has a resignation date or retirement date before Sept. 30.

The adjustment will not be added to base pay, nor will it affect proposed 2023 salary recommendations.

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Officials said the adjustment was deemed necessary for the Fargo Park District to remain competitive in the local market and because of the pressures employees are facing due to the current inflationary conditions.

In other action Tuesday, the Park Board approved paying Fargo Roofing & Siding to do repair work on the roof of the Metro Recreation Center at 3110 Main Ave.

Windstorms earlier this year caused parts of the roof to peel away.

Fargo Roofing & Siding Co. provided the Park District with a base bid of about $898,000, plus the cost of a payment and performance bond of around $45,000, for a total cost of roughly $943,000.

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The Metro Recreation Center at 3110 Main Ave. in Fargo on Sept. 1.
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Additional expenses could be incurred if deteriorated wood has to be replaced, according to officials who said repairs could be completed this fall.

The Metro Rec Center has operated as a recreation center since late 1987, and before that was home to a farm equipment manufacturing plant.

Although the building currently has an indoor playing field, that part of the Metro Rec Center's function is expected to go away once a new activities complex that is under construction is completed in early 2024, Park District officials said.

The Metro Rec Center will likely be used as a storage warehouse once the new indoor playing field opens.

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