Meridian Twp. gives employees paid Fridays off in January and February
Meridian Township's non-emergency employees are getting paid days off on every Friday this January and February.
As a result, township offices will be closed on Fridays until March, although police, fire and emergency medical workers will keep working full weeks.
Township Manager Frank Walsh says he hopes staff get a chance to recharge amid the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It's really out of a concern for mental health and what's going on in this world and just trying to give people a break during what is a slower time in the township," Walsh said.
He added, "I think, at the end of the day, we'll have a better team and better service for it."
The eight extra days off coincide with 3% raises for about non-emergency staff. Police and fire personnel are getting larger raises at 3.5%.