City reaches agreement with Public Works, Police Unions

City to enter into one-year contracts
By Ben Holbrook | Dec 27, 2012

Belfast — Councilors authorized the City Manager to enter into agreements with the police and public works unions, which include a slight increase in salary.

After 10 months of negotiations, union representatives and the city agreed to a 1.5 percent salary increase that applies retroactively to July 1, 2012 and until June 30, 2013. Slocum notes in his manager’s report the city opted to enter into a one-year contract as opposed to the more standard three-year contract due to uncertainty about health care costs.

The city is also going to contribute $100 towards a “health enhancement facility,” such as a gym, as an incentive for employees to stay healthy and keep costs down.

Slocum explained to councilors that the city often extends the same cost-of-living adjustments to non-union employees. In order to do so, Slocum said he needed authorization to transfer $60,000 from the undesignated fund balance.

The request to authorize Slocum to enter in the union agreements and to use $60,000 from the undesignated fund balance was approved unanimously with no discussion.

In other business:

City Hall will be open Saturday, Dec. 29, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to process marriage intentions. Applicants are asked to bring photo identification, a certified divorce decree if applicable and the name of applicant's parents, as well as the state of their birth and the applicants.

Councilors approved a request to spend $3,250 to put the cemetery records online and to support it with an annual appropriation of $200 per year.

Two Efficiency Maine Grants were closed out by transferring the city’s matching contributions of $2,320.66 to the Efficiency Audit Grant account and $3,655.41 to the Building Weatherization account.

Councilors approved a funding request fro $1,520 from the pedestrian, hiking and biking committee to complete plan designs for bike and pedestrian amenities on Belmont Avenue.

Rod Harriman Associates was hired to administer the Downtown Revitalization Grant at a cost of $32,000.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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