LEAGUE CITY — The City Council approved a plan proposed by City Manager Mark Rohr that would offer cash payments to city employees who come up with money-saving and safety-improving ideas.

The employee suggestion program would pay a city employee $100 to $1,000 for an idea that proves to save the city money or improve safety in such a way that the city saved money.

The award amount would not exceed 10 percent of how much money the city saved during a 12-month period.

The idea proposed by the employee would have to have been in place for a year before determining if and how much money it saved.

Also to be eligible, the employee would still have to be employed by the city when the award was given.

Councilman Dennis OKeeffe, the only member to vote against the program, objected to the “must be present” to be awarded clause.

He said such a requirement would “de-incentivize” an employee from participating.

His fellow council members disagreed. Councilwoman Heidi Thiess said she thought the provision would serve as an incentive for an employee to stay on with the city.

Councilman Andy Mann said he was excited about the program.

“I hope we save loads and loads of money,” he said.

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