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Firefighter pay also on agenda

Mayor David J. Narkewicz is asking the council to appropriate $406,016 from the city’s stabilization fund to pay for retroactive raises going back three fiscal years to members of Northampton Firefighters Local 108.

A state arbitration panel settled the contract dispute between the two sides last week in a ruling that involves the city paying for 2-percent raises in each of the last three fiscal years, plus an additional 1-percent raise in the last half of last fiscal year.

The mayor is also asking the council to transfer about $222,200 to the Fire Department budget to pay salaries of union members in the current fiscal year based on the new hourly rates created by their retroactive wage increases.

The City Council will consider the following items when it meets Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Puchalski Municipal Building:

∎ a second vote on a drone aircraft resolution;

∎ two readings on a pair of ordinance amendments that would establish 56 parking spaces on the lower level of a new Gothic Street parking garage as an off-street parking area on weekday nights and weekends in which the public could park for 75 cents an hour;

acceptance of a report from the Storm Water Ad Hoc Advisory Task Force regarding a fee structure for a new stormwater enterprise fund;

reappointment of Debin Bruce as the Planning Board representative to the Community Preservation Committee. ;

an order authorizing the purchase of an audio system and cart for use at the senior center. The money, not to exceed $5,500, would come from the Commission on Disabilities Fund.

intermunicipal agreements to provide and share services with neighboring communities in a variety of areas. Among those are agreements with Amherst to share an assistant sanitarian and a public health nurse; a contract in which Williamsburg would pay Northampton for building commissioner services; a contract in which nine communities would pay Northampton for veterans’ services; and several others.

an order to transfer $61,500 from a fiscal 2013 unused earned leave account to a new reserve fund that is used to pay for compensated absences due to workers who leave city employment;

an ordinance amendment that calls for two-hour parking from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a portion of the west side of Middle Street from its intersection with Chestnut Street.

— CHAD CAIN

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