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BATAVIA – The City Council adopted a resolution Monday approving a five-year-contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees that will provide 13 percent in pay raises over five years for 35 workers at the water and sewer plant.

The pact calls for 2.5 percent for each of three years and 2.75 percent for each of two years. A related resolution transfers $63,100 from a contingency fund to pay for the first year’s increase.

The contract eliminates health care coverage for all new hires and provides an agreement for all workers to participate in a city-run wellness program. A slight change in prescription co-pays was also approved.

In other business, a vacant building near the business district that falls under the Brownfield Opportunity plan was transferred to the Batavia Development Corporation with hopes that a tenant can be found.

The two-story building – owned at one time by Niagara-Mohawk Power Co. and later by Della Penna Construction has been vacant for a decade. The city recently foreclosed for $194,000 in property taxes. The building fronts on one of the city’s business streets, State Route 63.