Belleville OKs 2 percent raise for union dispatchers and police department secretaries

The Belleville City Council voted Monday night to give 2 percent annual pay raises to union dispatchers and police department secretaries as part of a three-year contract.

The contract is retroactive to May 1 and will expire on April 30, 2018, according to Jamie Maitret, the city’s finance director.

The city has nine unions and eight of them had contracts that expired last year. The contract for sewer plant employees expires this spring.

When the dispatchers’ contract expired, their starting wage was $23.46 per hour and the starting pay for the secretaries was $14.71 per hour.

Also on Monday, the board passed a resolution that authorizes the mayor to sign a service agreement with the lowest bidder for the supply of electricity for residential and small commercial customers who do not opt out of an electric aggregation program.

The resolution is allowed under the Illinois Power Agency Act.

Belleville voters in 2012 agreed to participate in a municipal electric aggregation program. And in an effort to lower power bills for residents, city leaders subsequently decided to have Homefield Energy provide electricity to Belleville residents.

Residents can opt out of the arrangement with Homefield.

Maitret said a contract with Homefield expires in June.

In other business

▪  Mayor Mark Eckert was absent from the meeting because he was caring for his ailing mother.

▪  Midwest Petroleum was granted a liquor license for the convenience store at 1291 Frank Scott Parkway. Midwest is taking over the store from Casey’s.

▪  Shakeema Mixon was granted permission to open a daycare at 6901 W. Main St. as long as she builds a fence around the yard.