On a motion by Ald. Teressa Tucker, seconded by Ald. Mickey Robinson, the Benld City Council on Monday night approved a new three-year contract with Laborers Union Local 338 which represents three full-time police officers and two full-time maintenance workers.
The new contract, which is retroactive to March 2, calls for a three percent annual wage increase over the life of the contract.
“I want to compliment the three who worked on this,” said Mayor Jim Kelly, noting that the contract already has been ratified by the union members. Apart from the wage increase schedule, contract provisions related to benefits and other issues are virtually unchanged from the previous contract.
In March, Kelly appointed City Clerk Terri Koyne, along with Ald. Jim Tilashalski and Finance Committee Chair Ald. Lance Cooper to serve on a Personnel Committee to represent the city in collective bargaining negotiations. The contract had been in negotiations since that time.
The action followed a 25-minute executive session to discuss the contract.
In other action, the council voted unanimously to accept the bid of GreenTrac, Bunker Hill, to demolish the fire-damaged Doggy’s Tavern, 301 Central Avenue, and remove all debris. The building was damaged on May 14 as a result of a fire reportedly being investigated as suspected arson.
Council members voted last month to advertise for bids to raze the structure, contingent upon the city prevailing in a court case to have the site declared a public nuisance on an emergency basis. At that time City Attorney Rick Verticchio suggested portions of the building were in danger of collapse, resulting in a threat to public safety.
GreenTrac’s bid was the lower of two bids submitted for the project.
The contract award Monday night was somewhat of a formality since GreenTrac already had begun the process of removing the building and debris.
WATER TOWER RADIO SYSTEM
Council members also accepted the low bid of Vandeventer Excavating, Fenton, Mo., to provide and install a radio system to communicate data such as water levels from the city’s water storage tower.
Vandeventer’s bid was the lower of two bids submitted for the project. R. E. Pederotti, Co., Inc., Fenton, Mo., submitted a bid of $17,877.
On the recommendation of Ald. Fletcher, the council agreed to enter into a contract to remove used tires stored at the city garage at a cost of $2.50 per tire.
On a motion by Ald. Robinson, seconded by Ald. Tucker, the council agree to close one half of one block of Spruce Street between Main Street and the alleyway from 1-7 p.m., Aug. 3, for a block party celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Benld United Methodist Church. The block party is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Before the meeting adjourned, Mayor Kelly officially congratulated Maya Marcacci who was named Macoupin County Fair Queen last month. “She did a fantastic job representing Benld,” Kelly said.