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Evans

New contracts with wage increases totaling about 6 percent have been given to two employee unions in the Town of Evans.

The Town Board recently approved a five-year retroactive contract for nine water and parks department employees in the Service Employees International Union, Local 200 United.

The contract dates back to Jan. 1, 2011 and runs through Dec. 31, 2015.

Under the new contract, the workers received a retroactive lump sum payment of $1,750, as well as a 72-cent hourly wage increase, said Scott P. Dill, an account with Johnson, Mackowiak & Associates, the Fredonia firm serving as the town’s financial consultants.

The union will receive no wage increase this year; a 1 percent increase in 2014; and a 2.5 percent increase at the end of the contract in 2015, Dill added.

The Town Board on Dec. 27 also approved a new five-year contract that runs through 2017 for the roughly 20 white-collar staff represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

The union will receive no wage increase this year; a 1 percent increase in 2014; a 1-1/2 percent increase in 2015 and 2016; and a 2 percent increase in 2017, Dill said.

Supervisor Keith E. Dash said he has been trying to limit wage increases for all town employee unions to 6 percent over the length of the contract. The town’s police union, for example, received a 6 percent increase over five years when it got a new contract last June.

The contracts are generating savings for the town, mostly with the switch to a higher deductible health insurance plan through BlueCross BlueShield, Dill added.

Also this week:

• The Lake Shore Central School Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the library media center at the high school, 959 Beach Road.

• The Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road. An agenda meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

• The Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce will continue its small-business education seminars from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Evans Historical Society and 1857 Museum at 8351 Erie Road. The topic will be using social media to promote small business. General admission is $5 and free to members with a coupon from the chamber’s website.