WEBSTER?CITY - The City Council of Webster City approved the new contact with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61 police bargaining unit Monday night in regular session. The agreement was passed with three yes votes from council members Linda Conaway, Doug Getter and Mayor Pro-tem Jerry Kloberdanz. Mayor Janet Adams and Councilman Geary Meyer were absent from the proceedings.
The three-year contract grants a 2 percent wage increase for each year of the agreement. City Manager Ed Sadler said the contract also allows for compensatory time to be accru ed to a maximum of 64 hours. Currently, employees can accrue up to 40 hours.
Grievance procedures are also outlined in the contract. Sadler said police officers are to use the civil service appeal procedures as outlined in Iowa Code Chapter 400 to resolve all matters pertaining to demotion, discharge and discipline.
The contract will go into effect on July 1.
Mosquito Control of Iowa will again be providing spraying services to the city. A three-year contract with the firm was approved at a cost of $28,000. The city entered into an agreement with the firm in 2007 and later extended the agreement through 2011.
The proposed contract featured an integrated approach to the pest control, including surveying and monitoring to evaluate potential mosquito breeding areas; larvaciding in stagnant water areas to control the mosquitoes in the larvae stage; and contact spraying and residual spraying to lay down a barrier to kill adult mosquitoes that come in contact with the spray.
Sadler said that the contractor has agreed to address special events that occur throughout the season, such as the county fair, Relay for Life and other events. He added that the contractor generally sprays from the air, but when that is not possible due to weather or wind conditions, they will spray from the ground.
The cost of the spraying is budgeted, Sadler said, and actually comes in under budget by $875.
A public hearing on the capital improvement budget and the 2012-2013 through 2016-2017 capital improvement plan was set for Feb. 20 at 7:15 p.m. Immediately following, a hearing will be held on the proposed 2012-2013 budget. Sadler said the summaries of both the budgets and the plan are available in the city offices for any citizen who would like to review them.
Webster City resident Mark Gillette spoke to the council about the fee schedule for water and sewer connections for new construction.
Gillette said he called about a dozen other communities to find out what these towns charge, compared to Webster City's fees. He distributed his research to the council members and asked them to reconsider what the city charges.
"I've done some of the leg work on this, but I would like you to look it over,"?Gillette said. "We've got to be competitive with these other towns."
"We need construction, we need people," he said. "People laugh at this (the fees)."
Kloberdanz said the council would review the information.
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