Approving two employee contracts and consideration of an ordinance to fund water meters are on the Merced City Council agenda for Monday night.
Contracts with the Merced Association of City Employees (MACE) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 57, Local 2703 (AFSCME) do not include any salary increases for the three years of the agreements.
Under both contracts by the third year the employees will pay the entire employee portion of the CalPERS retirement package and 1.95 percent of the employers share. The MACE employees, who are Public Works Department employees, will continue to pay 8 percent of the cost of medical benefits, while the AFSME employees will be paying 8 percent by their third year.
Both groups agreed to move to full compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act counting only hours actually worked towards eligibility to earn overtime. The only exception is holidays which will continue to be counted as hours worked, according to a news release from the city.
The city continues to negotiate with police officers, sergeants and firefighters bargaining units.The council also will consider an ordinance that would allow the city to finance the installation of water meters on the 10,738 single-family homes that don’t have metered service. A state law requires that all water users in the city must have meters by 2025.
However, unmetered water users tend to use 83 percent more water than those who have meters, so metering helps with the City’s conservation efforts. The ordinance would reduce the need for drilling more water wells at a cost of about $2.5 million each.
The ordinance would pay for about 1,000 new meters a year.
The council will meet in closed session at 5:30 p.m. with labor negotiators.
The regular City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. The Council agenda is posted online at www.cityofmerced.org and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. The meeting is carried live on Comcast Channel 96.
Request-to-Speak cards are available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the city's website. Cards must be turned in to the City Clerk in order for a person to be recognized by the council.