The four-year police contract also includes a 3 percent wage increase for each year, a shift premium increase of 35/50 cents per hour, and adds the day after Thanksgiving as a full holiday. Overtime at court is converted to comp time, the uniform allowance increases to $800 per year, and insurance premiums paid by officers gradually increase to 10 percent, which is what all other employees pay. The contract permits annual performance evaluations and limits college reimbursements to payments for a single degree in any category, such as a bachelor’s degree.
Two liens were approved for release. The lien of $120.81 on 824 Fifth St. was released after utility bills were paid in full. The lien at 503 Fourth St. for $710 was for sidewalk repairs.
Two public hearings were set for March 3. The first is for the 2014-15 budget which includes 3 percent raises in water and sewer rates. The second public hearing is for the sale of bonds not to exceed $4 million. A sum of $2.34 million is for refinancing of a callable bond, which will save the city $250,000 over 10 years.
The council approved support for the Eastern Iowa Housing Corporation Housing Trust Fund, which assists very low income persons with housing needs; reimbursing the park maintenance lead and building official $25 per month for using their own cell phones; addition of part-time officers to the police roster; and the final reading of an amendment to the city’s code of ordinances concerning “disorderly houses.”
In addition, the council approved purchase of a cash drawer, receipt printer, and computer to remotely connect the DeWitt Fitness Center to City Hall for cash receipting at a cost of $2,585 with a year of maintenance. Lindner said this was the best way to track payments, and Finance Director Deanna Rekemeyer said receipts would be printed rather than hand-written as is the current practice.