BATAVIA – Police officers will get an 11 percent raise over the next four years after the City Council on Monday approved an agreement with the 30-member Police Benevolent Association.
New officers – and there are six vacancies – will have less-generous benefits, however. They will have fewer sick and personal days, and will not be able to purchase health insurance from a city plan.
The four-year pact with annual 4.75 percent raises will cost the city about $200,000.
City Manager Jason R. Molino told the Council that the elimination of retiree health care costs for new officers is a significant change that potentially can save the city millions of dollars. That savings is also reflected in a contract with the Civil Service Employees Assocation, another of the four unions representing city workers.
The Council also approved a $2.5 million contract for reconstructing Cedar Street, which links two busy state highways. The lowest of six bids was Zoladz Construction Co. of Alden.
The Council could not agree on using $40,000 from Batavia Downs Gaming video lottery terminal proceeds to enclose dumpsters and repair pavement in the Center Street parking lot. The area has four businesses and the Council was divided between using city funds for businesses or beautifying a downtown area. The issue will go to a future meeting.
There will be a public hearing at 4 p.m. July 18 to let the public identify areas of improvement in business and residential areas. The input will be used to shape an application for a state Community Development Block Grant.