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Contract talks with a couple of Napoleon city unions have produced new agreements that were approved at the Monday session of city council.  City employees in the bargaining group will receive a 1.5% increase in pay for 2014, followed by a 2% increase in year-2, and a zero percent increase for the third year.   The Napoleon fire-fighters union local was approved for a wage freeze in the first year of the contract, followed by back to back years of 1.5% increases.            There are about 40 employees in the city bargaining group; and another 8 in the fire-fighters union.    Negotiations with the police union will probably not wrap-up until early next year.

Napoleon city council approved a new budget for 2014, that passed unanimously.  The general fund expenditures are anticipated at 5.6 million dollars; which is a decrease of about $230,000 from proposed budget for 2013.   That new budget does not include the addition of an assistant law director, which was removed prior to the vote.

                        And Napoleon Council passed a first reading on a resolution to establish a cooperative agreement for construction of a new water plant that would serve a number of communities in Henry County.   Partners in the project are anticipated to include Liberty Center, Malinta, Florida, and the Henry County Regional Water and Sewer District, which would also include McClure.   No dollar figure for this contract has been established due to the search for more grant dollars.


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