MONTICELLO — The city council this week approved a new three-year agreement with the local Fraternal Order of Police, which represents four city police officers. It is retroactive to May 1.
Police Chief Michael Galloway said some contract language was also clarified, such as leaving it to the discretion of the chief when to assign work weeks consisting of four 10-hour days.
The union still has to ratify the agreement before it becomes official.
Three new aldermen were also seated at Monday's session: Larry Stoner, Ward 1; Wendall Brock, Ward 2; and John Miller, Ward 4. Incumbent Lyle Murdoch, Ward 3, was also sworn in, as were Mayor Chris Corrie, City Clerk Pamela Harlan and Treasurer Joanne Hodges.
In other business, City Superintendent Floyd Allsop said the fiscal year's first Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax check was $239,000, a whopping 43 percent higher than last year's first payment of $167,700. Allsop said it doesn't guarantee the remaining seven payments this year will also be higher, but that it is a good sign.