City Council approved a new three year contract covering the five sergeants in the city's police department at its Wednesday session.
Human Resources Manager Jim Kovacs said the contract provides a two percent wage increase this year; 2.25 percent, 2014; and 2.5 percent, 2015.
In addition, the sergeants will pay 12 percent of COBRA as their health insurance premium and a doctor's note will be required when sick leave is used. Without a note, the absence will be considered an occurrence and when so many occurrences have been accumulated, corrective action will be taken.
The amount of accumulated sick leave that can be converted at the time of retirement will be capped at 300 hours. Also, longevity for all future employees will be eliminated.
Contracts with the dispatchers and patrol officers in the department had been approved earlier.
The new contract began on January 1 and expires December 31, 2015.
A supplemental appropriation of $25,000 to the Law Enforcement Trust was also approved by the council. This is to be used to fund an analysis of the police department's workload and staffing.
Council also gave its consent to an ordinance setting forth the requirements for the selling or leasing of the city-owned building at 138 High Street.
That building, now vacant, had been used for nearly four decades as the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults until the new Soprema Senior Center and Cafe was opened earlier this year as part of the city's new community center.
The regulations provide for the leasing or selling of the real estate to be based not only on the money offered but such factors as job creation, the intended use and bidder's resources to effectively use and maintain the real estate.
In addition, the contract may contain a clause that allows for the property to be returned to the city if the conditions are not complied with by the grantor or its successors.