Urbana City Council to vote on labor agreements with fire personnel

By Joshua Keeran - [email protected]

Urbana City Council, during its meeting at 7 p.m. today in municipal court chambers, will vote on new collective bargaining agreements between the city and its firefighters and fire captains.

The labor agreements, which are being presented to council in the form of two separate ordinances – one for firefighters and one for fire captains – both involve three-year contracts.

Represented by the Urbana Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1823, the city’s current firefighters and fire captains had been working under three-year labor agreements that took effect in November 2012 and expired Nov. 14, 2015.

In other Urbana Fire Division-related matters, council’s approval is being sought for the purchase of AMKUS hydraulic rescue tools in the amount of $60,500 from Western Ohio Rescue Supply Company.

If approved, 95 percent of the purchase price for the “jaws of life” would be paid for using grant funding received back in September through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant. The total cost to the city for the rescue equipment would be $2,880.

Final readings

Council is scheduled to vote on the following two measures that will each undergo a third reading:

•A resolution to authorize preliminary approval between the city and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for repair work to the bridge spanning over Dugan Run near the Depot Coffee House on Miami Street. Since the bridge is inspected and maintained by ODOT, the project will be funded entirely by the state.

•An ordinance to establish chapter 171 and amend chapter 173 of the city’s codified ordinances as needed to comply with statewide municipal income tax reform.

In other business:

•Council’s approval is being sought on a purchase order to B&K Digital in the amount of $5,220 for IT support services in the Urbana Police Division for the remainder of 2015.

•An ordinance to amend the city’s emergency snow removal ordinance will undergo a second reading, as will an ordinance authorizing the director of administration to enter into an indigent defense agreement with the Champaign County Commissioners to allow the city to receive partial reimbursement from the Ohio Public Defender Commission for indigent defense expenses in Champaign County Municipal Court.

•Council will be asked to suspend the three-readings rule and pass on first reading a resolution authorizing a cash advance from the general fund to the Mausoleum Trust Fund.

By Joshua Keeran

[email protected]

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-652-1331 (ext. 1774) or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-652-1331 (ext. 1774) or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.