Police contract, road work handled by council|
The Antigo Common Council rolled through its October agenda in just 17 minutes Wednesday, approving a series of initiatives that included a new police contract and planning for future road construction.
On a 7-1 vote, aldermen inked a new three -year contract with the Antigo Professional Police Officers Association, which represented municipal law enforcement officers. Joe Kapusta was opposed while Tim Kassis was absent.
The contract calls for no increase in the base wages for the coming year. Wages for 2015 will increase .5 percent while the increase on Jan. 1, 2016 is figured at 1.5 percent.
Under the terms of the pact, wages remain at $22.74 an hour for a starting patrol, $24.71 for a corporal and $25.63 for a sergeant for 2014. Starting wages for 2015 will be $22.85 for a patrolman, $24.83 for a corporal and $25.76 for sergeant. The 2016 starting wages will be $23.20 for patrolman, $25.21 for corporal and $26.14 for sergeant.
The agreement calls for the city to pay 90 percent of the cost of group hospital and medical insurance and continues requiring the city to pay the employee’s contribution to the Wisconsin Retirement Fund Plan.
The pact also trims the years of service required for certain vacation benefits. Eighteen working days will now be offered after seven years, down from eight; 24 days after 14 years, down from 15; and 30 days after 20 years, down from 22 years.
On a unanimous vote, the council approved the placement of a new scoreboard at Kretz Bros. Park by the Antigo Dugout Club, as recommended by the Park, Cemetery and Recreation Commission.
The dugout club is covering all the costs of the project, including the removal of the old scoreboard, which will be donated to Antigo High School.
Aldermen took the initial steps towards reconstruction of Clermont Street from the north city limits 2,000 feet south, the area of the greatly-expanded Plaspack plant, approving a resolution to hire MSA Professional Services, to handle design services.
The project calls for milling and resurfacing the area of the street south of Amron Avenue, along with spot repairs of curb and gutter. The portion from Amron Avenue 775 feet north with be pulverized and overlaid with asphalt, and widened from 28 to 34 feet, with curb and gutter added on both sides. Storm sewer will be extended as needed.
The project would be funded in part by a $100,000 state Transportation Economic Assistance grant. The preliminary design phase will be sufficient for the city to submit the grant application, with the remaining work done only if the application is successful.
In another construction matter, aldermen approved the submission of a grant application for the reconstruction of Gowan Road from Spring Brook to 10th Avenue.
Antigo is seeking $250,000 from the state’s local road improvement program for the work, which carries a total project cost of $750,000. It would include repairing the storm sewer along Gowan Road, something the city calls a critical first step in alleviating local funding along the entire 1.5 mile drainage corridor extending north of the location. Water and sanitary sewer utilities would also be improved.
—agreed to extend the city’s lease with Antigo Block for property at 213 Superior St., which the company uses for display purposes.
—approved a request from CSP America to extend a loan payment to February so the company can pay off two loans at the same time.
—extended a balloon payment on a lease purchase agreement with Duffek Sand & Gravel to September, 2016.
—authorized the sale of the original ultraviolet disinfection system at the wastewater treatment plant, which has been replaced with new equipment. The resolution notes that may be in the best interest of the city to sell the equipment and replacement parts to other municipalities who may still be using similar systems rather than scrap it out.
—purchased a power lift ambulance cot for the ambulance service at a cost of $15,196, with funding from the capital improvement projects account. The old cot will be offered to Northcentral Technical College for $600.
—approved a $55,449 change order for the competed Sixth Avenue and Field Street reconstruction project.
—and purchased a new water utility truck to replace one that was totaled in an accident this summer. Langlade Ford will supply the vehicle at a cost of $18,448.
License applications were approved for Neelaarav Inc. for 335 Superior St. for beer and cigarette sales at BP South, which has been sold by U.S. Venture; and Bakers Resale and Pawn for a pawnbroker’s license for a new shop in the 700 block of Fifth Avenue.
Ordinance changes included amending the schedule fee for the cutting of lawns and snow/ice removal to charge the actual costs incurred plus a $75 administrative charge; and requiring snow and ice removal from sidewalks within 48 hours or the city, without notice, will handle the duties and bill the property owner accordingly.
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