VACAVILLE — The Vacaville City Council took care of a few important issues in quick succession during its regular meting Tuesday.
With a 5-0 voice vote on the consent calendar, the council approved renegotiated concessions from the city’s employee unions.
The new memorandum of understanding involves an 8.82 percent base wage reduction, down from the equivalent of a 13.2 percent reduction in the previous MOU, which was valid for two years and expired June 30. The agreement is also valid for two years, but the concessions can be re-evaluated in January 2015.
After the old agreement expired, the city negotiated a temporary set of concessions to keep the new budget balanced until a more permanent agreement could be reached.
The reduction in concessions reflects the shrinking operating deficit in the city’s 2013-14 budget to $1.2 million, down from about $4.4 million when the previous memorandum of understanding was reached.
According to a staff report, the MOU is good for a further two years, but if non-Measure M revenues continue to rise, the city can further reduce concessions in January 2015.
In other action, the council also approved the first reading of an ordinance adopting the development agreement with Nor Cal Co. on the Villages at Vanden portion of the Vanden Meadows housing development that was approved at the council’s Sept. 24 meeting.
The new ordinance was one that was inadvertently left out of the previous meeting’s agenda, and approves the easternmost portion of the development, a series of single-family homes east of Vanden Road.
Council members also approved a general fund budget adjustment of $25,000 to fund environmental studies at the Nut Tree Airport, should aircraft maker Icon choose Vacaville as its new home.
Icon representatives said at the Sept. 24 meeting that their final decision would be coming soon.
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