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Town of Manlius settles PBA contract

At its Nov. 22 meeting, the Manlius Town Board unanimously passed a collective bargaining agreement with the police union. Town Councilor David Marnell has been working with the Manlius PBA since 2005 to reach an agreement on this contract. The previous contract expires on Dec. 31, 2005.

Supervisor Hank Chapman said, "I am very pleased to have the contract settled. I believe the agreement represents a fair settlement for all parties -- the police officers as well as the taxpayers."

Police Benevolent Association President Mark Buzzard and Vice President Joe Peters said, "We would like to thank Supervisor Chapman, Coucilman Marnell and the town of Manlius Board members for the successful negotiation of this labor agreement. The members of the town of Manlius PBA will continue to provide the community with professional law enforcement services."

Some of the highlights include a 4 percent pay increase for 2006, 2007 and 2008, and an increase in the officer's health insurance premium contributions from 15 to 20 percent. There were also adjustments to the health insurance benefits for officers upon retirement.

"The town of Manlius Police Department and the PBA represent everything that is good about the Town of Manlius," Chapman said. "They are a large part of why Manlius is such a great place to live and raise a family and why we are one of the Top 100 Towns in America to live."

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