Woodward Police officers will be getting a 3 percent raise for Fiscal Year 2011-2012.

Woodward City Commissioners approved a labor agreement between the city and the Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 187 during their regular meeting Monday evening.

City Manager Alan Riffel said the agreement was the result of negotiations that spanned 3 meetings and resulted in the "3 percent wage increase, (which) is the only change from the previous agreement."

On average, Woodward police officers made over $40,000 in wages alone in FY 2010-2011, City Finance Officer Doug Haines told The News on Tuesday. However, actual individual officers' salaries vary depending on position and benefit levels, he said.

Based on that average salary, Haines said the police officers will be seeing an average wage increase around $1,200 this next year.

But while the city has successfully completed negotiations with the police union, Riffel said he is still negotiating with the firefighter's union regarding its labor agreement for FY 2011-2012.

When City Commissioner Roscoe Hill asked if there were any "difficulties" with reaching an agreement with the International Association of Firefighters Local 2560, Riffel just said, "we're still in negotiations."


In other action Monday, City Commissioners approved setting April 30 as the spring "Trash Off Day."

Trash Off Day allows Woodward residents to present their city utility bill in exchange for free dumping privileges at the county landfill.

The event began as a spring cleaning effort, but has grown to be so popular and is seen as such a public benefit that the city now offers semiannual Trash Off Days, with one held in the spring and another in the fall.

When announcing the date of the Trash Off Day, Riffel said, "it's been suggested we do it a little earlier because it always rains on Trash Off day; (and) we need rain now."

City commissioners also approved a facilities use agreement and a road closure request to allow the A.B.A.T.E. Northwest 69 motorcycle group to hold a bicycle fun run on May 21 at Crystal Beach Park to teach children up to 13-years-old about bicycle safety.

The commissioners also approved an addendum to the city's lease agreement for golf carts at Boiling Springs Golf Course to allow the new lessee of the golf course JCLA Enterprises, LLC. to sublet the golf carts.

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