A Neenah worker who wanted the city to give him the $1,900 he found in junk at a drop-off spot because no one ever claimed it won't get the cash — but he doesn't care.
"I'm just ecstatic," David Voight said Wednesday evening. "I'm glad it finally ended up in the right hands. That's where it belongs."
The city announced Wednesday that the family of Winnebago County highway worker Marc Neumeyer, 55, who died with a fellow worker in a traffic crash on U.S. 41 last March 7, came forward with information that proved the money was his.
City Attorney Jim Godlewski said Voight would get a $250 reward for his honesty, and the Neumeyer family was chipping in an additional reward of $400.
News reports earlier in the week told how Voight had not gotten the money that he discovered last July in envelopes attached with magnets to the bottom of a discarded metal desk.
He had turned the find over to police to give the owner 90 days to claim it, but no one had proven ownership.
City officials discussed the matter at a committee meeting last week without coming up with a recommendation.
Voight told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday night it was hard on him that the city was giving him credit for his honesty but keeping the money.
The report brought a deluge of e-mails and calls to both the city and Voight, supporting Voight's side in the matter.
Godlewski said in a news release Wednesday that the city had never decided Voight wouldn't get the money and had scheduled the issue for action at this week's council meeting before the Neumeyer family proved the ownership.
Voight said the news reports alerted the Neumeyers about the magnets, which made them believe it probably was Marc Neumeyer's discarded desk.
Gary Neumeyer said his brother had used magnets to hold everything. The family showed city officials copies of checks with his brothers handwriting to compare with handwriting found with the money.
Godlewski said the handwriting and bank account numbers all matched.
"It all worked out as it was supposed to work out," said Voight, 52, adding that he felt a special connection with Neumeyer after what happened.
"Since I work for the city and he worked for the county, we kind of took care of each other," he said.
The Neumeyer family gave him the $400 check Wednesday, he said, but he hadn't gotten the $250 reward from the city as yet.
Mayor George Scherck said he was glad the dilemma was resolved and the money returned to the Neumeyers.
"They have seen significant tragedy in this past year, including the deceased workers nephew who was injured while serving in Iraq," Scherck said.