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April 6, 2013

Eliminating ‘walking on eggshells’

Proposed rule change could require four votes to give city administrator the boot

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OTTUMWA — Collective bargaining

The council will vote on the collective bargaining agreement between the city and the firefighters’ union. The contract between the city and the Ottumwa Association of Professional Firefighters Local 395, International Association of Firefighters (AFL-CIO-CIC) would be effective July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016.

The city negotiated contract wages with the union, which will include a 2 percent sliding scale the first year of the contract with a 2 percent increase across-the-board on base salaries for years two and three of the contract. The city also provided an increase in EMS pay and will contribute the value of accrued holidays at retirement to the retiree's PEHP Plan.

The council will also:

• Discuss proposed changes to the nuisance ordinance. For the most part, the chapter has not been updated since 1961.

• Hold a public hearing on the proposed changes to Ottumwa Transit services within the city. After an extensive review, transit consultant Bob Bourne offered the city three options to either stick with current services or tweak them.

The council will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in council chambers at City Hall. The meeting will air live on GO-TV, cable channel 6.

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