Tuesday’s City Council Meeting looks to the future; Firefighter agreement pulled

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With a light agenda scheduled for the January 27 City Council meeting, Mayor Al Litman will be delivering his State of the City Address. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at Council Chambers in City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Boulevard and can also be viewed on Reliance’s channel 9 as well.

The agenda will be short prior to the Mayor’s address, which includes Traffic Impact Studies and including the City’s participation in the National League of Cities Prescription Discount Card Program. The latter will not have any fiscal impact on the city and all residents are able to participate.

The final item that was to be on the agenda was an approval of a Collective Bargaining agreement between the city and the Teamsters Local Union No. 14 Firefighters. The two have been in talks for negotiating a contract for over a year and a half.

“Late last week we were notified that we had come to an agreement… Over the weekend I received a counteroffer from the union that was not acceptable at that point. They said that it wasn’t a problem and they would have the agreement to us Monday,” said Bob Sweetin, City Attorney. “Monday I received an email that at this point they were not going to enter the agreement.”

After the tech review meeting, Sweetin was hopeful that both sides would work to ensure that the negotiations do not go to arbitration, as that would cost more money for both. As of Wednesday morning, the contact for the Teamsters Local 14 was unavailable for comment.

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