DIXON – Police will get pay raises for each of the 3 years in a new contract that could soon be approved by the City Council.
The council on Monday will vote to place on file an agreement that gives police officers a 3 percent raise the first year and 3.5 percent raises in the second and third years.
The contract will be available for public review for 14 days, then the council will vote to approve it or reject it.
The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, representing Dixon police officers, has 26 members.
All city employees negotiated a 3 percent raise last year in an agreement that expired April 30.
Police Chief Danny Langloss, speaking in his role as assistant to the council, said a major consideration in negotiations is that city employees took pay freezes for 3 years prior to last year.
“The [negotiating] attorney looked at the marketplace,” Langloss said. “The [council] felt it was fair and justified for the marketplace compared to other governments.”
Langloss said a committee of representatives from each of the city’s unions will form to make changes that could save the city on its health insurance premiums.
“We’re hoping to get into some pool and save the city money,” Langloss said.
Negotiations continue between the Dixon Firefighters Association, representing 10 firefighters; Teamsters Local 722, representing 10 street department employees; and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 196, representing nine water department employees.
Also Monday, commissioners will vote to accept a bid to contract out energy-saving capital improvements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning units at City Hall for $257,034.
The Dixon City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 121 W. Second St.
Go to www.discoverdixon.org and click on "Citizens Information Center," or call City Hall, 815-288-1485, for an agenda.