Grove City has locked in a labor contract.

Grove City has locked in a labor contract.

At its meeting on Monday, Aug. 5, Grove City Council voted 4-0 to authorize a three-year contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 116, Ohio Council 8, AFL-CIO. Councilman Jeff Davis was absent from the meeting.

The contract covers 21 city employees who work in maintenance, service and clerical positions.

Under the agreement, these employees will see pay raises of 2.5 percent this year, 1 percent next year and 1 percent in 2015, increases that will cost the city $135,000 during that three-year period, said City Administrator Chuck Boso.

The city will also provide group health insurance for the employees and pay 90 percent of the monthly premiums for medical, vision and dental coverage.

Deputy City Administrator Bill Vedra said one of the administration's goals with this contract was to better align these workers' benefits with the city's other employees. Among those changes are expanding the definition of immediate family to include "spouse, child, stepchild, brother, sister, parents, grandparents, grandchild, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepsister, stepson, stepdaughter, half-brother and half-sister" and offering tuition reimbursement up to a maximum of $4,200 per year.

The agreement retroactively begins from April 21, and will be in place through April 21, 2016.

In other news from Monday's council meeting:

* Council approved the rezoning of 1.405 acres at 2517 Home Road to allow for construction of a market to replace the temporary seasonal farmers market. According to staff reports from the Development Department for the project's preliminary development plan that council approved in May, the market would, "sell locally grown produce, some of which will be grown on site, as well as locally produced meats and cheeses" and furniture and home decorations and be housed in a 5,600 square foot, two-story structure.

* Council also authorized issuing a charitable solicitations permit to the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. Representatives for the organization will be soliciting for donations 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 31, at the intersection of Stringtown Road and Parkway Centre Drive.

* The reconstruction of Stringtown Road from Hoover Road to McDowell Road is scheduled to be complete by Sept. 1, Public Service Director Les Spring reported.

The $6.6. million project began its second season this spring. When complete, the rebuilt portion of Stringtown will have a total of five traffic lanes: two going east, two going west and a turn lane.