Urbana City Council to vote on employee contract


By Joshua Keeran - jkeeran@civitasmedia.com



The Urbana City Council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance involving a collective bargaining agreement between the city and the Urbana Service Divisions – street, water and sewer departments – during its first meeting of 2016 at 7 p.m. today in municipal court chambers.

According to Director of Administration Kerry Brugger, the proposed three-year contract, ratified by Public Employees of Ohio Teamsters Local 284 on behalf of the Urbana Service Divisions on Nov. 17, 2015, contains a few notable changes from the previous three-year deal, which expired Nov. 26.

If approved by council, the new contract would include a modified pay scale in which a one-time adjustment would be made across the bargaining unit in year one, while the final two years would include pay increases of 1.25 percent and 1 percent, respectively.

During previous readings of the ordinance, Brugger said the modified pay scale will help the city simplify processing while better aligning entry level positions with the market in hopes of attracting qualified employees and increasing the retention rate within the Urbana Service Divisions.

The contract, if approved following the third and final reading, would also feature an extra personal day incentive for employees in the water, sewer and street departments who don’t use sick leave in a 12-month calendar year.

Administration items

Council, based on city administration recommendations, will consider approving expenses for a traffic study in Monument Square and for additional costs associated with the replacement of the hangar doors on the Grimes Hangar at Grimes Field.

In regards to downtown traffic, administration is seeking council’s approval to hire Burgess & Niple at a cost of $29,000 to conduct a roundabout study in Monument Square. If approved, the bill would be charged to the Capital Improvement Fund.

As for the Hangar Door Project at Grimes Field, administration will recommend council approve an additional $18,884.45 be paid from the Airport Fund to Howell Buildings Company for repair work to the header beams on the north and south hangar doors of the Grimes Hangar, work done on the aprons to both doors, and the rebuilding of a catch basin at the northeast corner of the hangar.

Administration will recommend council sign off on a $40,000 purchase order to Smartbill for monthly utility bill printing, mailing and postage for 2016; and a $13,467 purchase order to CMI for the yearly software fees for the Urbana Police Division.

In other business:

•A resolution authorizing Brugger to submit an application to the Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) Foundation for one of two 50,000 grants being offered to Tree City USA communities within DP&L’s service territory will undergo a first reading.

•Council will hear the first reading of an ordinance to amend chapter 1339 of the city’s codified ordinances pertaining to public nuisance notification requirements.

By Joshua Keeran

jkeeran@civitasmedia.com

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.