Keokuk residents and businesses will pay more for sewer services as the city council has finalized a vote to increase the monthly rate effective August 1.
The commercial rate will increase by 3% while the residential rate will go up 5%.
Mayor Tom Marion says the commercial rate increase is smaller because Keokuk wants to remain competitive for businesses and industries.
The city says the minimum monthly charge for a residence will now be $24.25.
Keokuk could have a new police chief in place by the end of the week.
Mayor Tom Marion is recommending Administrative Captain Dave Hinton for the post.
Hinton has been with the Keokuk Police Department for more than 20 years.
Marion says Hinton stood out from the other five candidates, who are also members of the department.
Burlington’s non-union employees are in a “wait-and-see” mode when it comes to their salaries for the upcoming fiscal year.
The city’s union workers are in line for 3.5% raises as part of the budget that takes effect July 1. The raises are included in the current union contracts, which are in the fourth year of five.
In May, the city council signed off on a new employee manual for non-union workers. The manual includes wage increases that are similar to the union raises.
There is a significant gap between Keokuk and some of its union employees as contract negotiations get underway.
The city has exchanged initial offers with representatives of the Teamsters Local #238, which represents employees in the police department, the wastewater treatment plant and the general unit.
The city is seeking a one-year contract with each group of employees. Each offer calls for a wage freeze for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors and the union representing employees of the Sheriff’s Office have each signed off on a new two year employment contract.
The deal includes a 3%wage increase on July 1and a 1.5%increase on July 1, 2013.
It also changes holiday pay calculations,requires quicker use of vacation time and increases deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums related to health insurance.
The new contract runs through June 30, 2014.
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