Updated 11:56 p.m. Thursday with comments from board Chaairman Michael Berkoff.
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) employees who were issued paychecks that failed to clear earlier this month will be given new checks Friday afternoon.
Employees who received checks Nov. 2-5 that could not be cashed should go to NEON’s Norwalk office at 98 S. Main St. after 4 p.m. Friday to be issued new checks, according a statement released via email Thursday afternoon.
NEON Board Chairman Michael Berkoff said that only those employees who come to the office with their uncashed paychecks will receive salary for the noted pay period when earlier checks were issued.
“This effort is part of the NEON Board and new administration’s effort to make employees whole, restore public confidence and demonstrate the good will toward persons who worked to provide valuable services to our community,” he said.
Berkoff said NEON was able to find money because some payments owed the agency came in, and a review of the books showed some funds due that were never billed.
He also said NEON is working to resolve the issue of the $15,000 worth of bad checks cashed by Cash-A-Check on West Avenue.
“We are doing our best to make everybody is whole based on the issue of the checks that were handed out that had no funds. We will be working with all parties to make them whole.”
NEON also announced its agenda for a board meeting planned for 6 p.m. Monday at the Norwalk headquarters at 98 S. Main St. The agenda includes discussion about the dismissal of former Interim CEO/President Chiquita Stephenson and a resolution ratifying the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Tommie Jackson as interim CEO/President.
Jackson was appointed Nov. 7 during a board executive session held in Stamford amidst confusion when a board member who had resigned earlier in the day was talked into rejoining to give the body a quorum and allow a vote to be taken. After Elizabeth Dukes rejoined the board, she voted by email to give Jackson a 15-0 vote to become the new NEON interim leader.
Berkoff said the ratification resolution is necessary to prove to funders that everything is on the up and up.
“The resolution is entered into the NEON minutes,” he said. “Most neon funders require a resolution, and we made the appointment without a resolution.”