Osseo approves police union agreement

The Osseo City Council considered the Police Union Agreement with Law Enforcement Legal Services Inc. for 2014-16 during its Monday, March 10 meeting.

The council also approved the Osseo Fire Department’s annual Easter Egg Hunt event.



The council went into a closed session to discuss the labor contract between the city and Law Enforcement Labor Services Inc. for the 2014 to 2016 police contract.

City staff and a union representative have been discussing a new contract since last summer and have now reached a tentative agreement, which is subject to the council’s approval.

According to staff, this new contract sets forth the terms and conditions of employment for the four full-time police officers through the end of 2016.

City Administrator Doug Reeder said during the closed session the council was given a presentation about the proposed contract.

“There’s a 2 percent salary increase for those three years,” Reeder said. “In addition in the years 2015 and 2016, [the contract] authorizes longevtivity pay for officers who have been with the city for over six years. It gives slightly more compensation for health insurance if the health insurance rates go up in 2015 and 2016.”

The contract also increases the uniform allowance from $30 in 2014, and $10 each in 2015 and 2016.

The changes in salary and benefits would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014. Funds have been included in the 2014 General Fund Budget to cover these costs.

Councilor Rick Weber added, “This is nothing that we weren’t prepared for. This was budgeted. This was figured in [the budget] in June of last year.”

The council unanimously approved authorizing the mayor and city administrator to enter into the 2014-2016 Labor Agreement between the city of Osseo and Law Enforcement Services Inc.



Also during the meeting, the council approved the Osseo Fire Department’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, at noon. Events will take place at the Fire Station as well as Boerboom Veterans Park.

Administrator Reeder said, “Because we do close down the road slightly … we need council approval.”

Central Avenue will be closed from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for safety reasons. The Police Department will also be assisted at this event, with Police Reserves doing traffic control.



In other action, the council:

ACCEPTED the retirement of Erin Lynne from the Osseo Fire Department.

APPROVED Duffy’s Bar and Grill 25th anniversary summer party scheduled for Saturday, June 21.