Dormont has a new contract with its police force.
Borough council approved the new three-year contract at its meeting Monday night. The agreement will run from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2015. Officers will receive a 2.75% pay raise this Jan. 1 and 3% increases each of the following years on January first.
The contract also calls for a $50 uniform allowance increase in 2015 and brings borough police officers back into the same health insurance plan with Highmark that covers other borough employees. The total cost to the borough for the pay and uniform increases over three years will be $52,622.72 with a projected savings of $9,508.18 on health insurance costs.
Also during Monday's meeting:
Dormont to Join Lawsuit Against Centax
Borough council also approved a motion that will have Dormont join the growing lawsuit against CENTAX. The motion calls for the borough manager to execute an engagement letter with the law firm of Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C., to join in other municipalities in their lawsuit against Central Tax Bureau of Pennsylvania (CENTAX). The legal costs are not to exceed $20,000. CENTAX was the provider responsible for collecting borough fees and taxes including garbage and Earned Income Tax. It is now being sued by at least five other municipalities for failing to turn over money owed to them.
'Dormont Delivers' Now Online
The new system that allows borough residents to reach out to those in charge of streets, parks and other public services is now online. "Dormont Delivers" has been up and running since Friday, but Borough Manager Jeff Naftal says, so far, no one has used it. The system is officially known as PublicStuff and allows residents to use their phones, computers or any mobile device to report potholes, code violations or concerns or service requests. Naftal says he looks forward to hearing from residents when they see something in the community that needs attention or have an idea or suggestion for improvement.