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February 22, 2013

Council approves contract with CSEA

The Common Council has approved an agreement with its Civil Service Employees Association.

Seventh Ward council member Bob Brzozowski asked during the council meeting Tuesday how the city could sustain the agreement and maintain the municipality’s reserve funds.

Mayor Dick Miller responded that the contract is for one year, and changes in health care coverage will be addressed. Through attrition, he said, the city is down 10 employees in the past three years.

Council members approved the contract, 7 to 0. Fourth Ward council member Michael Lynch was absent from the meeting.

Linda Stiefel, vice president of CSEA City of Oneonta Unit 8101, previously said the proposal was ratified, 27-0, during a meeting earlier this month. The agreement, effective from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, increases compensation by 2½ percent, which was satisfactory, she said.

The union’s 48 members include clerical workers, dispatchers, and employees in parks, recreation and water and sewer departments, she said.

In other business during the meeting at City Hall on Tuesday night, council members:

• Ratified the sale of the Bresee Rehabilitation Project properties from the Otsego County Development Corp. to Klugo Oneonta LLC.

• Approved some changes to alternate-side-of-the-street parking from a 4 to 6 p.m. start. Signs will be installed on affected streets, and Chip Holmes, Eighth Ward council member and chairman of the Facilities, Technology and Operations Committee, said changes will be by sections of the city throughout the year.

• Approved an ordinance amending the zoning code with new subsections prohibiting grade level dwelling units within 50 feet of the outer edge of the public right-of-way in the downtown mixed-use district.

• Appointed Brian Rock as a senior automotive mechanic in the Central Garage at a salary of $35,518, effective Wednesday.

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