Residents will pay 5 percent less for garbage service next year but higher rates in subsequent years under a five-year trash, recycling and household hazardous waste contract through the North Hills Council of Governments.
Manager Chris Lochner said Waste Management was the lowest bidder, offering customers a monthly rate of $16.49 starting Jan. 1. The current rate is $17.36. The monthly rate will increase each year until the contract expires Dec. 31, 2017. Mr. Lochner said residents will receive recycling containers and have unlimited pickup.
Council also approved a three-year contract with the Hampton Police Union, which will go into effect Jan. 1. The contract includes a 3 percent wage increase per year and a higher retirement age for new hires, from 50 to 55.
Mr. Lochner said current part-time policemen will be grandfathered into the current retirement age rule by specific name to eliminate confusion, and there will be incentives for those who agree to retire next year.
The new contract also calls for new hires to get less sick leave, down from 1.5 days a month to 1 day a month.
There will be restrictions on secondary employment of officers in businesses that involve alcoholic beverages, bail bond agencies, insurance agency investigations, private guard services, collection agencies or attorneys.
Commissioners Monday unanimously approved promoting Sgts. Joseph Ley and Albert Hribik to lieutenant and patrolmen Randy McAllister and Joseph LaMonica to sergeant.
Also, commissioners approved the site plan for United Growth Capital Management, which plans to construct a 4,000-square-foot commercial building on McKnight Road next to the entrance to the Shoppes at Northway. There is an abandoned shed store there now.
Dan Hankins, planning and zoning director, told commissioners the building will hold a Mattress Firm store. Mattress Firm also has opened a store in the former Berkeley Hills Pharmacy on McKnight.
Commissioners approved changes to the landscaping ordinance and introduced tweaks to the zoning ordinance to address issues that have come before the planning commission and zoning hearing board.