New Fire Contract Approved in Beatrice

BEATRICE – Beatrice Firefighters and Rescue Department personnel have a new contract with the City of Beatrice.

The Beatrice City Council approved the three-year agreement Monday night, with the Firefighters Union, Local 1098.  City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says it includes pay increases over each year of the agreement.

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One provision of the contract deals with call-back of off-duty personnel.  Union members off-duty who are called back to the station will be paid for a minimum two hours of duty, at the overtime rate…similar to past agreements.  If beyond two hours, the overtime rate applies per-hour.

In other action Monday night, the council approved loaning additional funds to downtown redevelopment projects from loans not used by other projects that were unable to meet a completion deadline.

Two Main Street Beatrice funding requests were approved, totaling about $2,300.  An engineering agreement received council approval for services connected with a West Sargent Street reconstruction project.

Elected officials also heard a report that there is a balance of just under $200,000 in the city’s community development block grant fund, and about $460,000 in the city’s LB 840 fund, backed by local sales tax.  No recent economic development applications have been received, for that money.

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