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Union contract with Norwalk firefighters approved

Cary Ashby • Jun 6, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Norwalk city council approved the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the city and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local No. 1199 on Tuesday.

The union contract includes 2 1/2-percent annual raise and is effective from Jan. 1 of this year through Sept. 30, 2021. Negotiations started in September.

“I want to thank everyone who worked on this. I know it’s been a long, long process,” said Councilman Matt Doughty, who represents the fourth ward.

Fire Capt. Brett Beers thanked the negotiating team for its hard work.

Council, in February, approved the CBA with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. It also included a 2 1/2-percent increase annually for three years starting Jan. 1 of this year and runs through Dec. 31, 2021. Negotiations started in September or October.

In other action Tuesday, council learned three Norwalk police officers will be given their oaths of office at 10 a.m. Friday in the conference room at the station. That will bring the agency up to 25 full-time cops.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Mayor Rob Duncan said.

Also, interim public works director Wally Ritchie announced that Smith Paving & Excavating Inc. was awarded the construction bid for the curb project.

The $76,883 project will repair the curb areas from Christie and Norwood avenues to Shady Lane Drive. Ritchie said the work should start July 8 and be completed in October.

In addition, Ritchie said the soil-testing results from Summit Street should be back in two weeks. Bowser-Morner Inc. drilled to collect samples for engineers to study an erosion issue before the construction project. Crews will repair Summit Street and guardrails.

When Councilman Dave Wallace asked if there ever had been a traffic study performed for the area, Ritchie said there hasn’t been one as far as he knows. Duncan added that making Summit a one-way road is being considered.

Also, the third phase of the Old State Road widening and improvement project will start next week. Running from Cleveland to Akron roads, the six-week project is expected to cost $500,000. Crews will widen the pavement plus install curbing and drainage systems.

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