- In other action
Unions reach agreements with city: All of the
city's unions, except three, have negotiated concessions to avoid
layoffs. City leaders are still in talk with fire midmanagers,
police and dispatchers.
While the terms of the agreements will not be made public until
the June 1 council meeting, city officials did say that Lodi
Professional Firefighters agreed to pay 5.3 percent of their
pension costs. Currently, the city pays all of the employee and
employer share of pension costs, but that is changing with new
"We are very pleased that they decided on pension contributions
and no furloughs. They realized furloughs do not work well in the
fire department," City Manager Rad Bartlam said.
Wastewater rates increase: The city increased
wastewater rates by 5 percent. In 2009, the council voted on a
four-year plan to increase rates to help pay for state-mandated
upgrades at the White Slough wastewater plant. The increase was
supposed to be 10 percent, but the city realized it only needed 5
City to research Downtown Lodi Business Partnership
spending: June Atwood Aaker of Abrahamson Printing asked
the council to no longer fund the Downtown Lodi Business
Partnership because she believes they have mismanaged money.
Mayor Bob Johnson suggested forming a subcommittee with
Councilman Larry Hansen to sit down and talk with the DLBP
executive board to find out more about the financial
"If we are going to have innuendo, let's put it to rest. If
there are problems let's ferret it out," Johnson said.
Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 6:37 am, Fri May 20, 2011.
After more than an hour of discussion about the city's banking
services, members of the Lodi City Council admitted they were
confused and needed more time to navigate the complex financial
"I haven't had this much fun since water meters. ... This is not
my primary focus in life; I do not throw these numbers around like
these financial experts do," Mayor Bob Johnson said.
Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:37 am.
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