Police union getting closer to agreement

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter

Patrick Burelle, Aledo city administrator, said that the city has arrived at a tentative agreement with the police union. Talks began in February 2008 and there were seven sessions held. “As of right now the union affects five patrolmen. The union has petitioned the Illinois Department of Labor to include the sergeant position in the union as well,” said Burelle. He said the city’s position is that management does not belong in the same union.

At the Nov. 17, 2008 city council meeting, Jim Erhart, made a presentation from Viola Home Telephone, on providing Wi-Fi service to the city. Burelle said that the proposal was similar to what was proposed by Frontier at the Nov. 3 meeting, but encompassed a larger area than the 12-15 blocks Frontier was offering. The council asked Viola to come back with some figures that would provide coverage over the same area as what Frontier was proposing.

“Viola’s option was that we would buy the equipment,” said Burelle, at a cost of $33,000.

The city will hold a public meeting on next year’s budget at the Dec. 1, 2008 council meeting. The 2009 budget will be the third year the city has been using the budget process. The budget will be voted on by the council at its Dec. 15, 2008 meeting.

In the city administrator’s report Burelle noted that the city had received its first load of salt, 100 tons.