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WINDHAM, CT (WFSB) -

Windham employees who said they are frustrated with the town’s payroll problems will get to sound off at a public meeting on Tuesday evening.

Last month two straight payroll periods went awry and nearly 200 employees had to pick up their checks at a time when many were away.

“About 20 to 30 routing codes were not correct which means we could not deposit,” said Christian Johnson the towns finance director.

Johnson said some of the issues came from a new software accounting program and in the next pay period there were more problems.

“The person who implemented the system didn't check off the box to checkoff the payroll so we had to do it manually.”

That led employees to getting live checks on payday, some that employees couldn’t get if they were out of town.

It also was the reason for a pile of grievances from employee unions.

“It’s something you’re definitely going to have to continuously watch,” said Willimantic Police Sgt. and secretary for COPS local Union # 340 Alex Coriaty.

He had issues with his car payment because of the money mishap.

“It didn't go through so I had to call the bank and let them know it would be in the next day and they out of the goodness of their heart took it out the next day,” Coriaty said.

"The police department is aware of the on going pay roll issues but has no further comment at this time.   The police union has filed a grievance and this is now a personnel issue."   Cpl S Parizo, Jr. said in a statement  this morning. 

Johnson said the issue was fixed but firefighters said some are still seeing mistakes on their checks.

“I had one firefighter paid $1.59 that was his whole check because of computer glitches and things to that effect,” said Willimantic Firefighter Peter Bruscato.

One week later, he said that firefighter was paid in full. The town has apologized for its mistakes.

On Tuesday evening, employees will get to hear more at a public meeting hosted by the finance department and town council president.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at town hall’s Bellingham Auditorium.

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