Finance committee begins discussion of wage re-opener with police union

EAST LIVERPOOL – Negotiations have begun with the city police union on a wage re-opener included in the second and third years of their most recent contract, which is in its second year.

City Council’s finance/labor relations committee met behind closed doors Tuesday with members of the union to begin discussions on the re-opener clause, which was included in each of the city’s union contracts two years ago.

No action was taken after the closed-door session on the contract.

In other matters, the committee forwarded three pieces of legislation for council’s consideration at its meeting next week.

One ordinance offers council’s support for the Columbiana County Port Authority’s plan to apply for funding through the Clean Ohio Brownfields Program for an assessment of North Star Coal’s property along the Ohio River.

Chairman Sherrie Curtis emphasized this funding is not for abatement or clean-up, just an assessment to determine whether or not the property is polluted.

Council will also be asked to consider an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter an agreement with the Ohio Department of Development for revolving loan funding, although the committee asked for additional information on the plan before Monday’s meeting.

The final ordinance is the annual one authorizing the Board of Public Utilities to advertise for bids to purchase chemicals, meters and supplies for both the water and sewer departments.