City of Ithaca, NY
Tompkins County
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[Adopted 7-7-1999 by L.L. No. 2-1999]
The Common Council of the City of Ithaca finds that the productivity, creativity and efficiency of City employees will be advanced by the creation of a mechanism for merit awards for City employees. It is further found that private employers often award exceptional service with a commendation or other appropriate incentive, and the City desires to provide such individual incentive and recognition for exceptional service as provided and allowed by law.
There is hereby created a Merit Award Board within the City of Ithaca. The Board shall consist of the Mayor, Corporation Counsel and a committee of Alderpersons and City employees as follows:
A. 
Annual Merit Award Board: The Mayor, Corporation Counsel, and five alderpersons to be designated by Common Council.
B. 
Quarterly Merit Award Board.
(1) 
In the spirit of employees recognizing their peers, the Quarterly Merit Award Board shall consist of one employee from each of the following facilities: Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Public Works, Youth Bureau, Greater Ithaca Activities Center and City Hall, and the Director of Human Resources.
(2) 
The Director of Human Resources shall appoint the Quarterly Merit Award Board basing such appointment on the expressed interest of the employee for membership on the Board, recommendations from the employee's peers and such other criteria as the Director of Human Resources shall deem appropriate.
(3) 
The term of office for a Quarterly Merit Award Board member shall be for one year commencing July 1 of the year of appointment. If for any reason a Quarterly Merit Award Board member is unwilling or unable to complete his or her full term, the Director of Human Resources shall appoint a replacement employee, from the same facility as the Quarterly Merit Award Board member relinquishing membership, to complete the term of appointment of said member.
A. 
Annual Merit Award Board. The duties of the Annual Merit Award Board members shall be to annually evaluate and select from the nominees one City employee, cross-functional team or committee for recognition, using the criteria listed in § 90-72A of this article.
B. 
Quarterly Merit Award Board. The duties of the Quarterly Merit Award Board members shall be, on a quarterly basis, to evaluate and select from the nominees one City employee, cross-functional team or committee for recognition, using the criteria listed in § 90-72B of this article.
A. 
Annual recognition.
(1) 
Purpose: to publicly recognize individuals who have excelled in sensitivity, respecting differences and appreciation of others within the workforce and demonstrated positive behaviors and performance levels.
(2) 
Criteria: the accomplishment or project nominated must have been completed within the twelve-month period just prior to nomination. Nominators should consider whether the accomplishment or project has increased productivity, increased performance, improved productivity or positively influenced the work or community environment.
(3) 
Eligibility: any City employee, cross-functional team or committee. No elected official shall be eligible for nomination or selection.
(4) 
Nominators: any employee, Alderperson or the Mayor may nominate an employee, cross-functional team or committee for annual recognition by completing and submitting an annual recognition award nomination form to the Department of Human Resources. Nominations must be submitted no later than the first day of August of the year of nomination and shall consider a twelve-month period ending on July 31. Awards shall become a part of the official personnel file of the City employee.
B. 
Quarterly recognition.
(1) 
Purpose: to publicly recognize individuals for significant contributions.
(2) 
Criteria: the individual has demonstrated initiative and extra effort in accomplishing a task in a quality manner. Nominators should consider if the employee exhibits efficiency and sensitivity, respects differences and appreciates others within the workforce and the community.
(3) 
Eligibility: any City employee, cross-functional team or committee. No elected official shall be eligible for nomination or selection.
(4) 
Nominators: any employee, Alderperson or the Mayor may nominate an employee, cross-functional team or committee for quarterly recognition by completing and submitting a quarterly recognition nomination form to the Department of Human Resources. Awards shall become a part of the official personnel file of the City employee.
A. 
Purpose. In the spirit of employees recognizing their peers, efforts in positively influencing the work environment, there shall be created an instant recognition award mechanism whereby any employee who has received five appreciation cards for exceptional service in any given month shall be recognized with an award.
B. 
Criteria: the employee has enhanced the work place by performing a kind act, accomplishing a task or project in a manner that exhibits efficiency or sensitivity, respects differences and/or appreciates others.
C. 
Eligibility: any City employee, as "City employee" is defined in the Charter of the City of Ithaca, § C-110A.
D. 
Procedure: any City employee may recognize another,, employee by completing an appreciation card and submitting such card to the employee. The employee so recognized may submit five such appreciation cards to the Department of Human Resources for an instant recognition award.
The Annual and Quarterly Award Boards, in consultation with the Director of Human Resources, may determine the nature and extent of the merit awards to be made under this article. The Director of Human Resources shall determine the nature and extent of instant recognition awards.