City of Corvallis police officers and firefighters have ratified new contracts with the city.
The contracts were approved unanimously by the City Council at Monday night’s meeting at the downtown fire station.
Here is a look at the two deals:
• Firefighters represented by the Corvallis unit of the International Association of Firefighters had a clause in their six-year deal that allowed them to re-open wage negotiations after three years. Members will receive 4 percent raises in June 2018, with lieutenants, fire prevention officers and fire engineers receiving an additional 2 percent. In December, all unit members will receive 2 percent increases.
In 2019, members will receive 3 percent raises in June and 2 percent raises in December. In 2020, a 3 percent raise takes effect in June, with an additional 1 percent tacked on in December.
Members ratified the new deal Feb. 12.
• Police officers represented by the Corvallis Police Officers Association received a new five-year contract, which is retroactive to July 1. Members will receive 3 percent raises in the first four years, with a 2.5 percent pay increase in year five. The deal, ratified Feb. 15 by the CPOA, expires June 30, 2022.
Mary Beth Altmann Hughes, the city’s director of human resources, said that the raises were higher for the firefighters because Corvallis was farther behind its comparator cities for firefighter salaries than it was for police.
In other action:
• Councilors voted 7-2 to tentatively deny the Caldwell Farms annexation that aims to add more than 90 units of housing and an assisted living center to 16.45 acres of land south of West Hills Road west of the 53rd Street roundabout. The motion by Ward 1 Councilor Penny York calls for the developer and the staff to work on an annexation agreement that would answer councilor concerns.
Key issues include traffic on West Hills Road and the surrounding neighborhood, sewer easements, the housing mix, whether developing the site makes sense given the rural nature of adjacent properties and whether the acreage really is “serviceable” by city infrastructure.
The annexation agreement is a new city approach to land acquisitions. Since a ballot measure was passed in 1976, Corvallis had referred all annexations to the voters. But a new state law signed by Gov. Kate Brown in 2016 limits voter-approved annexations. The city is appealing that law but has chosen to handle annexations within the council while the appeals are pending.
York was joined by Roen Hogg (Ward 2), Hyatt Lytle (Ward 3), Nancy Wyse (Ward 6), Bill Glassmire (Ward 7), Mark Page (Ward 8) and Hal Brauner (Ward 9) in the 7-2 vote. Barbara Bull (Ward 4) and Charlyn Ellis (Ward 5) voted no.
• Councilors narrowly voted to drop their appeal of a March 2017 Department of Land Conservation and Development enforcement order that required the city to remove a planned development overlay from 200 acres of property in the Timberhill area north of the Kings Boulevard-Walnut Boulevard intersection.
Benton County Circuit Court Judge Locke Williams affirmed the ruling Nov. 27, and the council voted Dec. 18 to remove the planned development overlay. The PDO removal will make it easier for the property owners to develop the property, and they have begun the process of filing permits for the first phase, which would be an expansion of the Timberhill Meadows Apartments.
Page made the motion to discontinue the appeal. He was supported by York, Hogg, Ellis and Brauner. Lytle, Bull, Wyse and Glassmire voted no.