Waste contract, labor agreements on Monday’s agenda

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission will consider the negotiated contract with Waste Management for curbside residential waste and recycling pickup, a labor agreement with city supervisors, a new public art policy, a salary increase and bonus for the city manager, and a final budget adjustment for the current fiscal year. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday in commission chambers of Marquette City Hall at 300 W. Baraga Ave. WASTE CONTRACT In July, the commission approved the more flexible contract with Waste Management, using a hybrid system of bags and carts, and authorized the city manager to negotiate a seven-year contract starting Oct. 1. While it wasn’t the lowest cost bid, it is less than what city residents now pay and supports the efforts of the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority recycling program. The term of the contract is Oct.1 through Sept. 30, 2024. If approved, residents will see a reduction in the solid waste fee for bag collection of $1.75 per unit per month and a new service for cart collection added in the contract, according to city documents. In the contract, Waste Management agrees to provide green carts with green lids for garbage and green carts with yellow lids for recycling. Both the city and the hauler agree to recycle using the dual stream recycling program through the MCSWMA. Recycling carts may be provided to bag system customers at a negotiated cost of $1.50 per month per cart. LABOR CONTRACT The city of Marquette reached a new four-year agreement with the Supervisory Employees Chapter of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local No. 1825. According to city documents, the parties have agreed to change contract language to comply with Michigan’s Freedom to Work legislation; increase the employee’s contribution to the pension plan from 5 percent to 6 percent; ensure sustainability of the pension plan by increased employer contributions; offer a competitive wage and health insurance package; and establish an employee-funded Municipal Employees Retirement System Health Care Savings Program for post employment medical expenses. A 2 percent per year wage increase over four years will have a total fiscal effect on the city of nearly $77,000, which comes from statutory revenue sharing. There is no additional cost for the MERS Health Care Savings Program, according to city documents. PUBLIC ART The commission will also consider a public art policy, prepared over the course of the last year by the city’s public art task force. Under the policy, the city commission would appropriate from the city’s general fund a total of $30,000 to a public art fund. The policy would also establish a Marquette Public Art Commission as the oversight body of the policy. RAISE AND BONUS Evaluations of City Attorney Ron Keefe and City Manager Mike Angeli were positive, according to city documents. For Angeli, the evaluating subcommittee recommends a 2 percent raise and $2,500 bonus for the current fiscal year, bringing the city manager’s base salary from $117,300 to $119,600. It’s also recommended his contract be extended one year to October 2020. The reason cited is for Angeli’s work on the new Municipal Service Center, the new hospital, Clark Lambros Beach Park, the Marquette Lighthouse property, the energy efficiency improvements at various city facilities and other projects. No increase in compensation was considered for Keefe because the attorney is paid on a retainer basis and his compensation for legal services is approved as part of the annual budget process. BUDGET ADJUSTMENT The year-end budget adjustment for the 2017 fiscal year consists of activities not incorporated into the original adopted budget. Marquette Chief Financial Officer Gary Simpson said the adjustment is mostly for purchase order rollovers and bringing forward projects from the previous fiscal year, unanticipated costs, refinancing of bonds that will lower costs over the life of the bonds, and the way the Municipal Service Center project had to be counted in multiple funds, including city and brownfield funds. “It’s really just a housekeeping sort of thing, but there’s nothing unexpected,” Simpson said. “It’s just stuff we had to carryover from the previous year and stuff happens throughout the year that we (have to) get right in the budget.” The original adopted budget was for $104.6 million and the adjusted amount is for $127 million, Simpson said. That breaks down to more than $14 million for bringing forward projects from the previous year, $7.7 million for additional costs including bond refunds and over $530,000 in other spending not previously approved, Simpson said. “Technically, we didn’t add that much in spending,” Simpson said. “Like I said, a big part of it is the service center kind of double-counted in a few different places, so that kind of added to it as well.” Mary Wardell can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. Her email address is mwardell@miningjournal.net.