Check snafus mark move to town for Loxahatchee Groves water district


At least one check was declined and others dated incorrectly as the town’s relationship with employees of the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District got off to a bit of a rocky start.

The snafus marked the first paycheck from the town to district employees since Loxahatchee Groves landowners voted last month to fold the district into the town.

RELATED: Loxahatchee Groves landowners vote to fold water district into town

Some paychecks to district employees were dated last year when the town issued them Friday, Mayor Dave Browning said. While two employees were able to cash those checks, others asked for updated checks with the correct date. He signed those checks and the employees picked them up, he said.

At least one check was rejected when an employee went to cash it, Town Manager Bill Underwood said. There was an issue with timing with the town’s bank, Wells Fargo, he said. The town has a process in place called positive pay, where Wells Fargo won’t cash a check unless the town first tells the bank the check is approved for payment. There can be up to a three-hour delay on that process, Underwood said.

“It’s all a matter of timing,” he said of the check that was declined, adding that it fell into a period between when the town submitted the check as approved for payment and when the bank received that message.

That employee picked up a new check Tuesday and was able to deposit it, he said.

The employees who formerly worked for the district now work for the town. They mark the first official employees of Loxahatchee Groves. All town work has been contracted in the past. That includes management services, which are contracted through Underwood’s company Underwood Management Services Group.

Town employees will be paid through direct deposit in the future, Underwood said.

He acknowledged that the transition process for employees has been a little rocky, but said that’s to be expected when merging one government entity into another. “There’s gonna be a lot of little hiccups,” he said.



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