HUBER HEIGHTS — The Huber Heights City Council heard the first reading Monday night of a resolution authorizing the city manager to award the bid and enter into a contract for the construction package for the Fire Station 25 facility.
City Manager Rob Schommer told Council that there were several steps taken prior to laying out budgeting for the construction of the facility. He said they generally looked at those things as one project and literally itemized each individual purchase, starting with due diligence and the purchase of the land. He said when they got to the part of the actual bidding of the fire house, the legislation for the budget said “acquisition of land.”
“We had already acquired the land and that $200,000 allocated in that $2.9 million wasn’t needed,” explained Schommer. ‘In no way, shape or form was there an attempt to mislead or misinterpret the fact that yes, the overall cost as indicated…was $200,000 (purchase of land) plus $2.9 million, essentially a $3.1 million deal.”
Schommer said it was only having a first reading in order to clarify exactly what is budgeted. He said there were two ways to deal with this. The first was to remove the terminology “of acquiring land” from the original ordinance and leaving the numbers the same and make modifications. He said the other option, which he presented Council members with a proposed copy of for discussion, to state “it includes previously purchased land” and changing the not-to-exceed cost from $2.9 million to $3.1 million to include the previously purchased land. He said the proposed wording merges to two transactions into one overall budget and expenditure appropriation.
Schommer said there was no need to amend the presented ordinance for awarding the bid as it was property submitted and was a good bid. This is expected to be discussed at the next Administrative Committee meeting and be back at Council for a second reading at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9.
Mayor Thomas McMasters said he appreciated the $3.1 million number or option and said he thought that was the way to go.
Council heard the second reading of the modified and amended Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Fraternal Order Of Police, Ohio Labor Council, Inc. for Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016 for Lieutenants. The parties agreed to a 2.25 percent increase for that period.
Council heard the second reading of the modified and amended Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Ohio Council 8, Local 101, AFSCME, AFL-CIO (MaintenanceTechnicians/Mechanics/Crew Leader) in the Public Works Dept. for Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016. The parties agreed to a 2.25 percent increase for that period.
Council heard the third reading of an agreement that modifies and amends the Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Fraternal Order Of Police, Ohio Labor Council, Inc. for Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016 for both Sergeants and Records Technicians who have agreed to a 2.25 percent increase and an attendance incentive for that period.
Council heard the first reading of a resolution authorizing providing all non-union employees of the city including those employees of the City Council, excluding the law director, a 2.25 percent raise for 2016.
Council also heard the third reading adopted the amended budget for 2016 which reflected three changes from the previous discussion, one of which is the retirement of a police sergeant.
Council also heard the first reading for some pieces of year end legislation and the second reading for other routine year end legislation.
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