Council to act on wage agreement, downtown property on Wednesday|
|The Antigo Common Council is expected to ratify an agreement with its public works and city employees and accept ownership of some derelict downtown properties Wednesday.|
Aldermen will convene at 6 p.m. in the chambers at City Hall.
The contract ratification leads a lengthy, but fairly routine agenda, with most items hashed out at the committee level long before they reach the council floor.
According to the resolution, Local 391, Antigo City Employees Association has decertified its membership as of Jan. 1, 2014. The Finance, Personnel and Legislative Committee is recommending that all non-exempt/non-represented employees receive a 1.66 percent cost-of-living increases effective Jan. 1. That is the maximum amount allowed under the Consumer Price Index calculation provided by the Wisconsin Employee Relations Commission.
Public works employees will continue to be represented by Local 1191, AFSCME, AFL-CIO. They will also receive a 1.66 percent cost-of-living increase as stipulated under the state’s Act 10 law governing union contract negotiations.
Under the new agreement, hourly wages will range from $21.53 for working foreman to $18.56 for general laborers.
The future of two downtown parcels will also be addressed.
The Finance, Personnel & Legislative Committee and City Plan Commission are recommending the city take ownership of the Java Junction building, 814 Fifth Ave., from Langlade County as a tax reverted parcel.
The resolution notes that the building, which has fallen into serious disrepair, is located in the downtown business corridor and presents an opportunity for potential commercial re-use or as a walkway link between the parking lots and Fifth Avenue.
A second resolution recommended for approval would authorize the city to purchase a vacant parcel at 615 Fifth Avenue, located directly above Spring Brook, from Leonard Boodry for $1,250.
The parcel lies immediately east of city-owned property along Spring Brook and, according to the resolution, presents an opportunity for improved safety, for maintenance access to the waterway and for potential enhancements leading to public use.
Aldermen are expected to approve an amendment to a earlier grant application for the reconstruction of Gowan Road from Spring Brook to 10th Avenue, upping the amount requested and total project cost. The city is seeking $385,000 in state funding, half the anticipated construction total.
On what is predicted to be the coldest night of the winter to date, aldermen will take a look ahead to summertime.
The first resolution up for discussion calls for entering into a three year contract with Pyrotechnic Display for the Fourth of July fireworks celebration through 2016.
Aldermen are also expected to act on a second resolution hiring Frisch Greenhouses to grow, plant and maintain flowers for the planters on Fifth and Sixth avenues, the walkway, park and City Hall.
In ambulance-related matters, aldermen are expected to approve a 1.66 percent wage increase for paid-on-call emergency medical personnel at the technician and paramedic level. Paramedics will also receive an additional $5 per hour while on an interfacility transfer.
The council will be asked to approve a 6 percent increase in the resident base rate and 4.5 percent in the transfer base rate and mileage for ambulance services. Under the new matrix, the base rate for a resident will be $597.17, and nonresident, $697.87.
The department is phasing out the difference between the resident and non-resident rate due to conflicts with Medicare.
In other matters, aldermen will:
—purchase a new grit pump, which removes sand and debris from influent, for the wastewater treatment plant.
—award a contract for asphalt crushing, with the city retaining a portion of the materials.
—adopt the Langlade County all-hazards mitigation plan update, a necessary requirement to apply for grant funding for mitigation projects.
—authorize staff to turn over commercial inspections to the state due to staffing issues in the inspector/assessor’s office. The change will come at no cost to the city.
—ink a series of internal policies regarding employee injury/illness reporting and investigation.
—award the bids for monthly service of police squads and for gasoline and diesel fuel purchases for all departments.
—rezone land at 618 and 624 South Superior St. to B-3 general commercial district to allow a workshop for a building business.
—and approve a series of licenses for Jammers LLC, Antigo Resale Frontier, Kemmer Industries, Superior Hobby Coin & Precious Metals.
The Java Junction building on Fifth Avenue may soon be transferred to city ownership.
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