Borough, police reach agreement
The Borough of Northampton and its police officers have reached an agreement regarding a new wage and benefits contract.
Police have been working without a contract since the former one expired Dec. 31, 2011.
At a meeting of borough council Aug. 16, borough lawmakers ratified a three-year-contract with its 10 uniformed police officers. The new agreement materialized hours before the stalemate would have caused the negotiations to move to binding arbitration.
"The police committee has been able to reach a proposed settlement agreement for a new three-year police contract, avoiding binding arbitration," Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said. "I'm glad to see it settled."
The terms of the contract stipulate there is no pay hike for 2012. Next year, police officers will receive a 2-percent boost in their annual salaries. In 2014, the final year of the police contract, police officers will be awarded a 4-percent pay raise.
Zarayko said some minor modifications must be made to the new contract. The details are expected to be released shortly.
Police Chief Ron Morey is not part of the police bargaining pact.
Thanking the police committee headed by Councilman Robert McHale, Council President John Yurish commented, "It was a win-win situation."
"Without arbitration, we did a good job," added Councilman Robert Coleman, a member of the police committee.
In other business, Scott Arnold, who works on the borough's Community Development Block Grants, informed Zarayko the borough has been awarded its two final CDBG grants. All other home improvement requests will be funded by the state through the HOME program, which include zero-percent loans that are required to be paid back.