EXETER TOWNSHIP, PA – The Exeter Township supervisors approved a contract with township police to create labor peace for the next 15 years, a pact an official called unprecedented.
It’s not a done deal yet because it has to be distributed and approved by the officers, said Township Manager John Granger.
The supervisors vote was 4-0. Chairman Gary E. Lloyd was absent from Monday night’s meeting.
The contract would begin Jan. 1 and run through Dec. 31, 2032.
It covers close to 30 officers, which is essentially everyone but the chief, said Supervisor Jeff Bukowski.
Granger said officers hired on or after Jan. 1 would be paid less and have leaner benefits and pensions, while the status quo would be preserved for current officers.
Negotiations on wages and health benefits will reopen every five years, he added.
In the first few years of the deal, salaries will rise by about 3 percent annually, said Supervisor John Cusatis.
In the long run, the contract will result in substantial savings for the township, Cusatis said.
Granger, who had described the agreement as unprecedented, praised both sides for getting the deal done.
“It is a significant statement by the board and the police officers with respect to the security of the existing officers and the cost of the department going forward,” he said. “I applaud both the board and the officers for venturing into uncharted waters.
“I think it’s an agreement that serves both the public and the officers well.”
In other business, the supervisors awarded two recycling contracts.
In two separate 4-0 votes, the board approved three-year contracts with A.J. Blosenski Inc. of Honey Brook, Chester County, for recycling collection and with J.P. Mascaro & Sons of Audubon, Montgomery County, for disposal and processing.
Both companies were the lowest bids for the service.
The board also voted 4-0 to extend the township’s sludge, grit and screening disposal contract with Mascaro for another year at the same price.
From The Reading Eagle