Contractual agreements with Jamestown police and firefighters are on the agenda for Monday’s city council voting session.
The contract between the city and Jamestown Professional Firefighters Association Local 137 comes with a retroactive 2.5% wage increase for 2021, a 2.5% wage increase for 2022 and 2023 and a 2.75% wage increase in 2024. These wage increases will cost the city an additional $1,187,710 over the four-year term of the contract. Firefighters would also see an EMT bonus increased to $625 and a salary increase for municipal fire instructors to $600.
In addition to salary increases, the contract provides for the hiring of four new firefighters at a cost of $668,458, including $167,234 in 2022. These firefighters are not expected to start until June 1.
The contract ends lifetime health insurance for firefighters, but no savings are realized until 2061. Firefighters will also see increased prescription copayments and higher deductibles for the traditional health care plan. from January 1, 2022.
If the contract is approved, the city council would have to add $123,000 to the 2022 budget. The additional four-year cost to the city would total $2,100,185.
A deal with the Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association would cost slightly less over four years, totaling $1,7456,523. The contract comes with a retroactive salary increase of 2.5% for 2021, 2.5% for 2022 and 2023, and 2.75% for 2024. Prescription co-payments and deductibles for the health insurance increases for police officers, while police officers will see an increased agility premium. of $750 under the new contract.
Council members will also vote on a slate of nominations put forward by Mayor Eddie Sundquist to city agencies, boards and commissions. Earlier this month, two Board of Public Utilities board members spoke out against Sundquist’s decision not to reappoint them to the board. Greg Rabb and James Olson and councilor Marie Carrubba were not reappointed to the BPU board by Sundquist.
“When I started my term, I made a promise to bring in new leaders and shake up our councils and commissions to represent all parts of the community. That’s part of the process,” Sundquist told the Post-Journal. “People leaving the board have brought great insight over the years, but I am steering the utility company in a new direction. »
Also on the program:
¯ a resolution to add a person in charge of school resources mainly for the colleges of Jamestown;
¯ the purchase of a new sidewalk snowplow for the City’s Public Works Department at a cost of $153,259;
¯ the purchase of new pagers for the Jamestown fire department at a cost of $13,968; and
¯ $210,000 to purchase 60 new portable radios for the Jamestown Police Department.