BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice has reached a contract agreement with the third, and final union that represents city or board of public works employees.
The city council Monday night approved a new three-year contract with employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1536.
Beatrice City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says it grants a total compensation increase over the three years, of seven percent.
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Earlier, elected officials approved union contracts with the Fraternal Order of Police and the Firefighters Union.
It was announced last night that Beatrice Police has hired a new officer. Officers undergo a 14-week training period at the Grand Island law enforcement academy, and then another 14-week period of field training with the local department.
Just recently, the city received two grants through Exmark Manufacturing and the Toro Company’s charitable program. The largest is for over $40,000, going to Keep Beatrice Beautiful. That money will support landscaping and improvements to the newly built section of the Chief Standing Bear Trail.
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A $5,000 grant will go for landscaping improvements at Exmark-Roszell Park in the Glenover area of northwest Beatrice.