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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • City, firefighters agree to new labor agreement

  • Months of negations between the city of Hannibal and Firefighters Union 1211 have produced an agreement that is satisfactory to both sides. A new three-year collective bargaining agreement was approved by the City Council during its Tuesday night meeting at City Hall.
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  • Months of negations between the city of Hannibal and Firefighters Union 1211 have produced an agreement that is satisfactory to both sides. A new three-year collective bargaining agreement was approved by the City Council during its Tuesday night meeting at City Hall.
    According to a memo from City Manager Jeff LaGarce to the Council, the biggest financial changes are that the city will provide 24-hour out-of-rank pay and cover monthly cable box fees for fire stations.
    “Other changes were more logistical than financial,” said the city manager.
    LaGarce cited Council members Barry Louderman, James Hark and Jamie Lock, along with Fire Chief Bill Madore, Deputy Chief Mike Benjamin and City Clerk Angel Vance for their time and efforts during the talks.
    LaGarce also saluted firefighters who “demonstrated recognition of the city’s very real financial challenges” in agreeing to the terms.
    In other business:
    • Police Chief Lyndell Davis introduced two officers who were initially hired as HPD cadets (Lacey Colborn and Victor Mathews), auxiliary officer (Albert Higdon, retired HPD chief) and new officer (Logan Logsdon), who was hired Aug. 8. Mayor Roy Hark administered the oath of office to the foursome.
    According to Davis, Higdon, who is the director of public safety for HLGU, was hired as an auxiliary officer, which provides him with the arrest powers and authority of a police officer.
    “His responsibilities are to be focused on events/incidents related to the safety and security of HLGU students, personnel and visitors,” said Davis.
    • First reading was given final environmental covenants pertaining to 623 S. Main St. The covenants are in compliance with provisions of the commercial flood buyout program.
    • The mayor was authorized to sign a lease/purchase agreement with Commerce Bank for the purpose of purchasing Police Department vehicles, a street sweeper and possibly a Fire Department engine.
    “Accepting Commerce Bank’s offer does not automatically tie us into a loan,” wrote Doug Warren, director of finance in a memo to the Council. “Should the city decide to hold off on any portion of the equipment to be purchased, the rates would hold for what we do purchase only.”
    Commerce’s interest rates are: 1.38 percent (HPD vehicles), 1.38 percent (sweeper) and 2.14 percent (fire engine).
    • Two project consultant agreements with Jviation, Inc., were given first reading. For work on hangar taxi lanes Jviation will be paid a fee not to exceed $55,352. For services provided for a new terminal area plan, the fee will not exceed $62,738.
    Ninty-five percent of the fees will come from funds allocated to the city by the Missouri Department of Transportation for aviation projects. It was noted that these funds, allocated in 2011, will be lost if not used by the end of this month. The city’s 5 percent local match will be covered by the Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council, according to Brian Chaplin, public works superintendent.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Approval was given a Board of Public Works’ safety manual and emergency response plan that will be included in the BPW’s application for another Reliable Public Power (RP3) award from the American Public Power Association.
    • The following appointments were approved: Mike O’Cheltree was re-appointed to the Convention & Visitors Bureau Board for a term expiring in September 2019; Jim Bensman was appointed to a four-year term to the Planning & Zoning Commission for a term expiring in June 2018.
    • A request for street closures was approved to accommodate the Marion County Health Department’s 10th annual Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 25.
     

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