City bus drivers, mechanics probably will get pay hike

City bus drivers and mechanics and other workers in the union will likely see a pay raise if City Council approves the contract amendment tonight.

Tuesday the city finance committee gave a positive recommendation for council to approve a 2 1/2 percent wage increase for the 50 unionized workers at River Valley Transit.

The contract amendment is between the city and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1496, said William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director and general manager of River Valley Transit.

“They are mostly bus drivers, mechanics and others in the labor union,” he said.

It’s that amount per year and it’s a two-year contract extension, he said.

It also looks as though the city administration will be able to accept a $500,000 state Department of Community and Economic Development grant for improvements to the streets and landscape around the Brodart warehouse neighborhood were the 72-unit Memorial Homes multifamily complex is being built.

Councilwoman Liz Miele suggested any improvements on the streets include designs to make it easier for those on bicycles to link with the nearby Susquehanna River Walk and Memorial Park.

The committee approved recommended surface improvements to Reach Road and recommended awarding the engineering inspection contract to Larson Design Group.

A reminder for those attending council meetings, the council will meet tonight at 7:30 rather than it’s normal Thursday night.