The village and the union that represents seven Department of Public Works employees have agreed on a contract, giving the union its first contract since 2007.
“I think both sides are happy with the way it worked out,” Village Mayor Francis “Fra” Putorti. “It’s a little win for both sides.”
The workers will receive two percent raises in each of the next three years and pick up an additional personal day each year. They will also receive $1,100 in a lump sum payment instead of getting retroactive pay.
“That was the biggest thing for us, not having to pay the retroactive” Putorti said. “That would have been very hard to figure out.”
The town will also no longer buy the uniforms for the union members, instead giving them a $400 clothing allowance.”
In other news
Other topics that came up at the board meeting included:
A black-and-white squad car belonging to the village police department will be brought back to Whitehall after spending almost a year awaiting repair in Fort Edward for a wiring issue. Putorti said his family’s garage will perform the work and will not charge the village for labor.
Ken Bartholomew pointed out that during the last cold snap, four water meters were broken by freezing. “It’s important that people know they are the ones who have to replace them. They need to keep an eye on them.”
The replacement cost can range from $125 to $225 depending on whether both parts of the meter break.