City council to discuss Nixon Hill, repairs mutual fire aid with Russell Ky. Thursday

Published 9:37 am Wednesday, September 12, 2012

When it meets Thursday, Ironton City Council is expected to give second reading to an ordinance entering into an agreement with E.L. Robinson Engineering for repairs to Nixon Hill. The area around the city’s water tank has suffered a hillside slip that needs to be repaired.

The three-item agenda also includes two resolutions. One resolution would allow an agreement between fire departments in the city and in Russell, Ky., for mutual assistance in the event of a large- scale fire.

Also on the agenda, a resolution regarding the pick-up agreement for the members of the firefighters union. Earlier this year, city council announced it would require all employees to begin paying 7 1/2 percent of their 10 percent retirement pickup. Paying the employees’ portion of their retirement pickup was something that city had done for each employee for years.

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This year the city council, in an effort to slash its budget and stay in the black, made the change for all non-union employees and urged the city’s three unions to adopt the same formula.

The idea has been met with resistance from the police and public works unions, both of which met their 7 1/2 percent council-mandated budget cut through layoffs.

The firefighters union agreed to begin paying 3 percent of the retirement pickup and additionally met its mandated budget cut through reductions in clothing and food allowances for firefighters.

This ordinance acknowledges and finalizes the firefighters’ agreement to begin paying 3 percent of their retirement pickup.

Council meets at 6 p.m.; the city council finance committee will meet at 5:45 p.m. Council chambers are on the third floor of the Ironton City Center.