The Northport City Council met Thursday afternoon for a rain-checked regular session after Hurricane Ida caused their normal Monday meeting to be postponed.

One of the items on the agenda was consideration for Hero Bonuses, a financial gift for those who have worked on the frontlines during the pandemic.

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This follows in the city of Tuscaloosa's footsteps, whose council approved Heroes Pay for its own first responders and health care workers on Aug. 24.

Eligible full-time employees will receive $1,000 and part-time employees will receive $500. These one-time payments are funded through the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion federal aid initiative.

The city of Northport received $4.8 million from the American Rescue Plan. Beyond the Hero Bonuses, that money is being disbursed to purchase resources and update various facilities throughout the city.

City employees who get fully vaccinated by Oct. 15 can receive $250 from the American Rescue Plan payout. However, getting vaccinated is not mandatory; the money is simply an incentive.

For more information, visit the City of Northport's Facebook page or watch the entire Sept. 2 council meeting below:

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