[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Kingston 8-7-1984 by L.L. No. 3-1984, approved 8-28-1984, as Ch. 72 of the 1984 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the provisions of § 88-a of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, there shall be and hereby is created a Merit Award Board of the City of Kingston, consisting of the Mayor, the Corporation Counsel and a bipartisan committee of the Aldermen to be designated by the Common Council.
Such Merit Award Board shall have the power and it shall be its duty to formulate and, as the circumstances may require, to amend rules and to establish and maintain a plan or plans to encourage and reward unusual and meritorious suggestions and accomplishments by employees of the City of Kingston which have, in the preceding years, resulted in either more efficient or more economical operation of any of the departments or functions of the city government as, in its discretion, appear worthy of recognition and reward.
Such Merit Award Board shall also have the power to appoint such other persons, if any, as it may deem best to make recommendations to such Board for its consideration in the making of such annual awards.
Said Merit Award Board shall meet as soon as possible following the adoption of this chapter and prepare and adopt rules and regulations to carry out the purposes for which such Board is being created, within the purview of § 88-a of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York and of any other appropriate general or special law.
There is appropriated for the aforesaid purposes the sum of $7,500, being a portion of the funds received by the City of Kingston, New York, through and under the will of the late Cornelia H. Staples, which funds shall be deposited in an interest-bearing trust account for such purposes only, or invested in any securities which are legally permissible, and the interest or income therefrom shall be used exclusively for the purposes set forth herein. The principal thereof shall not be used unless it shall become necessary in order to carry out the provisions of this chapter, and only then with specific approval of the Common Council.
Such Merit Award Board shall purchase and have suitably inscribed a memorial plaque which shall refer to the bequest received by the City of Kingston, New York, through the generosity of the late Cornelia H. Staples, recognizing the fact that such bequest was given in honor of her father. The form, nature and context of such memorial plaque shall be determined by such Board.
Awards as may be established by such Merit Award Board shall be first given for the year 1960, and the initial presentation therefor shall be made at the first meeting of the Common Council in January 1961, and thereafter as the rules of such Board may provide.
Such Merit Award Board shall serve without compensation.
This chapter shall take effect immediately.