The city fire department's union contract extension is up for consideration before City Council tonight.
The fire union has agreed to health care concessions on family plans regarding new hires starting in the first year, 2015, of the five-year contract. The union also agreed to a zero wage increase the first year. It doesn't affect present retirees or employees, according to fire Platoon Chief Vince Rundio, president of Local 736.
Another decision before council is the Susquehanna Bank naming rights at Bowman Field. A five-year contract has been proposed for the bank to put its name on stadium grounds, including changing the name of the stadium to Susquehanna Bank Park at Bowman Field. The proposed contract, recommended by finance committee, would bring $150,000 into the city in $30,000 installments.
A proposed entertainment ordinance on first reading is to be brought before the council. The idea is to separate the city in three districts that would permit amplified music to be played outside businesses. The noise would be monitored by police and would be played during specific evening hours. Hearings would take place by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board prior to the processes starting out. Council President Bill Hall has estimated the law might begin in the early spring.
"It's another element to the economic development and enhancement of the city's nightlife," Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said.
The areas proposed would be the Central Business District, and parts of Newberry and along Washington Boulevard.
Councilwoman Liz Miele, who is executive chef of the Peter Herdic House Inn and Restaurant, worked on specifics in an ad hoc committee. She said it appears to be smoothed out and ready for the council to discuss tonight.
Council also is expected to authorize the hiring of another city police officer.