When Rising Sun officials announced they will spend more than $10 million for a water connection to Chester Water, they simultaneously announced that they've already received a million dollar grant to help pay for it.
What they didn't say is that town administrator Calvin Bonenberger is entitled to a two percent commission on all grants he brings in.
Except water and sewer.
"He is eligible for a two percent commission on grants he is responsible for bringing in up to $10,000 per year. This excludes grants for water and sewer projects. Over the years, he has been responsible for bringing many grants awarded to the town. To date he has never put in to receive any money for any of the grants. He also does not put in for comp time which our policies allow for regardless of his 60 to 90 hour work weeks," said Commissioner Brian Leishear, who oversees water and sewer for the town.
According to Leishear, Bonenberger and other town employees are getting a pay raise soon. There will be a half percent cost of living adjustment for all town staff in September.
"Money has been budgeted for additional performance raises which will be talked about later in the year for possible December implementation if the Board decides to move in that direction," said Leishear.
"Calvin's current salary should be at $113,000 per year. There will be a half percent COLA added to that number in September along with all the town employees," said Leishear.