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Galt City Council approves on-call detectives

Addendum to police union's contract should save city about $69,000 per year

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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:00 am

Two Galt police detectives will be available around the clock under an addendum to the union’s contract unanimously approved Tuesday by the Galt City Council.

By taking home a city vehicle, they will be on call after normal hours, on weekends and holidays. They will not receive compensation unless they are actually working.

The change will save the city about $69,000 annually.

“It’s much more cost-effective this way,” Galt Police Chief William Bowen said.

Currently, detectives are put on mandatory stand-by and paid three hours of straight time whether they work or not. This costs about $137,000 a year.

In addition to their regular job, detectives respond to support officers during specific search warrants and crimes against children, for example, Bowen said.

If they can respond to a crime scene or hospital using a city vehicle, it will also save time, as they will not have to come from their homes to the police station to pick up a vehicle before heading out.

Also on Tuesday, council members approved a contract with Carollo Engineers to oversee a multimillion-dollar wastewater treatment plant upgrade at a cost not to exceed $1.8 million, plus $183,000 contingency.

The Walnut Creek-based engineering firm will handle construction management of state-mandated upgrades related to new pollutant discharge rules that are required to be completed by Sept. 2015.

Project bids are expected to be advertised in April.

Carollo, which will oversee that contractor, was chosen from four applications each reviewed by a panel of city staff. However, council approval was still required.

“This is the next step in implementing a $20 million upgrade to our wastewater facilities,” Public Works Director Steven Winkler said.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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