Quincy Park Board approves union employee agreement
4 months, 1 week ago by Denise Donley
12 full time employees will see an hourly increase of 25 cents in 2013
The Quincy Park Board approved the full time union employee agreement between the Quincy Park District and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers with a 5-2 vote at Wednesday night’s meeting.
Negotiations between the District and I.A.M.A.W. had been going on since November 2012 and were focused on employee wages.
According to Quincy Park Board President John Frankenhoff, hourly rates for 12 park district employees will increase by $0.25 in 2013, $0.30 in 2014 and $0.30 in 2015.
The three year contract will cost the District approximately $6,240 to accommodate the pay increase.
“I think it’s fair in light of the overall economic picture of the Park District in the community. I think this agreement is fair to both sides,” said Frankenhoff. “It’s nice to get it wrapped up and know that it’s done for the next three years.”
The agreement also changed the Park District’s uniform to a t-shirt top rather than the current collared shirt.
In other business, the Board approved the 2013 capital project bond in the amount of $800,000.
The bond will be used to fund significant repairs, renovations and park improvement projects.
Last year, the board authorized a $900,000 general obligation bond and paid it off in October of 2012.
The lower bond amount for 2013 allows the Park Board to keep the tax rate for the G.O. bonds even.
For the full list of the 2013 bond projects, click here.
Also, the Board approved the process and timeline naming of the Quincy Park District land and building purchase site.
The Park District purchased a building and 12 acres south of All America Park to be used as the future Park District headquarters.
At this time, only the park will be named through the following process. The naming of the building will be addressed at a later date.
The approved process and timeline for selecting the name is as followed:
• January 2013- announce naming process to the public (press/website)
• February 2013- all names suggestions are due by the 8th
• February/March- Board selects 3-5 best names from all sources and presents them for review at the March board meeting. Staff will assist in the name review process – sort names/rank order based on announced criteria, etc.
• March 2013- Park Board selects final name for 60 day public comment period on March 13
• May 2013- Final name is selected and voted upon on May 8th
Frankenhoff stressed this naming process is not a contest but rather public input.
To submit your park name suggestion, click here.
In new business, the board reviewed executive session meeting minutes from January 2005 to now to determine if they should continue to keep them confidential. The board decided not to release any minutes at this time and approved Quincy Park Board Executive Director Edward Seger’s suggestion that all closed session audio tapes more than 18 months old be disposed.
The board must review executive session minutes twice a year.
The executive summary was also approved at Wednesday night’s meeting. This provides the Board, the public and the staff a summary of the District’s finances, organizations, activities and the 2013 budget, goals, objectives and fee schedules.
During executive session, the Board conducted their annual evaluation of the Executive Director’s performance.
Each board member scored current Director Seger on his relationships, management, leadership and personal characteristics.
Frankenhoff said board member Greg Feldberg did not submit scores because Feldberg didn’t feel comfortable evaluating someone after only being on the board for a short time
To benefit the public, future monthly Park Board meeting packets will be available online by visiting quincyparkboard.com
The Quincy Park Board will meet next on February 13 at 6:00 p.m.