By Jeff Gallatin
Bay Village officials are on the verge of wrapping up the last of their contracts with municipal employees with three-year contracts. Like those received by others, the workers received 2-percent pay raises annually, but agreed to pick up more of the health care costs.
City Council unanimously approved at its Jan. 27 meeting a new three-year contract with the police supervisors union. The approval was contingent upon the union also approving the agreement, which it also did unanimously later in the week.
In addition, council introduced legislation at the same meeting for another three-year agreement with city employees, department heads, their staff assistants and part-timers who are not covered by union contracts. It was scheduled to go to second reading at the Feb. 3 council session, with officials saying they did not expect any problems in getting final passage of the contract.
“It means we can focus on the other business at hand,” Mayor Debbie Sutherland said, noting the city is in the process of finishing the 2014 municipal budget as well as preparing various projects and plans for this and future years throughout different departments in the city.
“There’s a lot of preparation work going on right now which we want to be able to get done as well,” she said. “They’re documents and work which will help the city over the long haul.”
Sutherland said she thought the contracts are fair for all involved.
“These contracts are essentially the same thing that other employees received with the 2-percent pay raises for them, but with them also picking up more of the health care costs,” she said. “We have a good group of police supervisors and we appreciate that.” She added that the other contract covers department heads and their staff, who do a lot of important work for the city.
Finance Director Renee Mahoney said the police contract brings them more in range with other area departments.
“From a 12-percent rank differential over the highest patrolman to 12.5 percent effective Jan. 1, 2014, and to 13 percent as of Jan. 1, 2015,” she said, “this puts them comparatively with surrounding Westshore suburbs. They are also going to have an increase in proficiency pay to make them equal to the patrolman (from $725 to $1,225).
“The total cost to the city over the three-year contract will be just under $26,000,” she said. “This will be offset by increase in employee contribution to their health care of 8, 9 and 10 percent of the monthly premiums from 2013, ’14 and ’15, respectively. They have also agreed to an increase in deductibles and copays from $750/$1,500 single/family to $1,400/$2,800 single/family. These insurance rates are the same terms agreed to by all the unions and would expect to save the city about $60,000 each year for all employees.”
Mahoney said the rough estimates for the contract that was on second reading Monday will cost the city about $23,000 for a 2-percent increase for generally all directors of the city.
“There are also part-timers in that ordinance such as our front desk help, part-time deputies, seasonal crews, school guards,” she said. “This will cost the city an additional $20,000 for all those part-time increases.”
Police union officials could not be reached for comment.