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Three-year police contract with raises put on file

Union ratifies contract; insurance committee to poll resources by Jan. 1

DIXON – The City Council agreed to put a 3-year contract on file Monday with its police officers that would give them raises each year.

Dixon police officers would receive a 3 percent raise in year one, and a 3.5 percent pay increase in years two and three, according to the agreement. The Dixon Fraternal Order of Police Officers, which has 26 members, already ratified the contract.

Police Chief Danny Langloss, special assistant to the City Council, said Monday that a committee would be formed with union representatives from each of the city’s unions to look at health insurance packages.

The city will try to enter into a pool by Jan. 1 with the hopes of saving the city money on its premiums, he said. The city tried to do something similar 2 years ago but did not have its financial house in order.

The contract will be available for public review and the City Council will take a final vote July 1 to approve or reject it.

Also, the city voted to award a bid to GRP Mechanical in Bethalto to complete energy-saving capital improvements to City Hall’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning unit for $257,034.

An alternate bid of $347,638 by GRP was presented to the City Council to conduct lighting and control work. Commissioners have not decided yet whether they will go with that.

The city authorized Dixon Tourism Board to enter into a billboard lease along Interstate 88 and for the city to advertise for bids to build a 150-foot communication tower on North Brinton Avenue.

The city received $33,000 from its insurance for the previous tower, which was 80 feet tall and damaged in a storm last summer. The bigger tower will provide rental space to cellphone companies and will be used for Dixon police communication systems, said Rusty Cox, water department superintendent.



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