published: Sunday, May 05, 2013
Council members to address city, fire impasse issues
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING -- Council members will go over a handful of amendments and resolutions at Tuesday's first monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Consent agenda items include approvals for upcoming events and a budget amendment for the Veteran's Beach boat channel project that was recently completed.
A proposal that lays out to Community Redevelopment Agency's zoning map will also be up for discussion.
No old business is specified on Tuesday's agenda for the council members. New business items include three public hearings: ID sign regulations, city wellhead protection ordinance and a presentation of the fire department collective bargaining impasse issues.
The ongoing issues between the city and the Sebring firefighters' union have finally made their way to the council. Previously, the impasse meetings have been solely between the local union president, Chief Brad Batz, Sebring labor attorney Brian Koji and city administrator Scott Noethlich.
A few council members have been in attendance at certain impasse hearings and meetings, but Tuesday marks the first time the impasse issues will be presented to the entire city council and mayor George Hensley for discussion and official action.
Three of the six main issues will be presented to the council for their decisions: the promotion process, discipline procedures and pensions. Two options have been laid out for the council and the council is also able to make a different decision entirely regarding the three impasse issues.
Promotion process (by: maxxi - 5/7/2013)
The hidden language regarding promotions is nothing more than blatant cronyism.
(by: Blindman~ - 5/5/2013)
The continued demands of firefighters do not make them look like models of virtue as some would have the public believe.
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