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November 29, 2012

Tupper village approves 3-year employee contract

TUPPER LAKE — Village employee raises were affirmed at a special meeting of the Tupper Lake Village Board.

With 42 employees, the payroll is a large portion of the village’s $1.8 million budget.

Negotiations began last January on a Civil Service Employees Association contract that then expired in May.

The discussion ensued, via the New York State Public Employee Relations Board, to court-ordered mediation.

After two sessions in the past month, an agreement was reached, according to Village Clerk Mary Casagrain.

The Village Board approved the contract Wednesday, allowing 1.5 percent pay increases for bargaining Units 1 and 3, which include village employees in the Department of Public Works and the Water, Sewer and Electric departments.

Unit 2, encompassing Police Department employees, will receive 1 percent raises after the first year and 1.25 percent increases in years two and three of the three-year contract, the town clerk said.

“Health-insurance contributions will remain the same for three years,” Casagrain said of the final agreement.

But the Village Board is forming a Health Insurance Committee to find less-expensive health coverage.

At this time, employees, who are paid weekly, contribute $25 per week for single-person health-insurance, $58 per week for two-person insurance and $96 per week for a family plan.

“Health-insurance costs increased 10 percent this year,” Casagrain said.

If less-costly insurance is not found by the end of the contract, employees have agreed to pay in an additional 20 percent for health coverage.

The early morning meeting also gave an opportunity for the board members to thank outgoing Trustee Chip Perham for his service to the community.

Perham did not seek re-election this session after serving a two-year term; David Maroun, a Republican, was elected in November to fill the seat and will take office Jan. 1.

Email Kim Smith Dedam:

kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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