Hilliard City Council has unanimously approved a new collective bargaining agreement between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

Hilliard City Council has unanimously approved a new collective bargaining agreement between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

"We feel it's a good contract," said Jeff Simpson, liaison to Hilliard with the FOP, prior to council's June 27 meeting. "The bargaining climate is difficult now, as everybody knows, but we were able to work with the needs of the city, and they were able to work with our needs, and come together with something that was suitable for both sides, and everybody's pleased."

The contract had expired at the end of last year. Earlier this month, the union membership voted to accept a proposed three-year agreement that runs until the end of 2013.

"It really didn't take that long once we sat down at the table," Simpson said. "We've always had a good working relationship to work out issues that each side may have."

"We arrived at this agreement in a relatively cooperative fashion under some very difficult circumstances both the union and the city are facing this year," law director Pamela Fox said to council. "The cooperation we saw this time around was a credit to both sides."

Under Ohio law, council has 30 days to accept or reject the agreement, so the ordinance was passed by emergency on its second reading.

Among other legislation, council approved:

A resolution adopting a tentative tax budget for fiscal year 2012 that estimates revenues of $20,458,522 and expenditures of $19,956,401.

An ordinance allowing for a volunteer reserve police force with no maximum age limit.

A resolution authorizing a contract with 3M Co. to develop a traffic sign management system and street light inventory program for Hilliard that public service director Clyde Seidle said gets two birds with one stone.

A resolution adopting the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio's (SWACO) solid waste management plan update through 2025. Consultant Michael Greenberg said SWACO presents the plan to the 41 communities it serves in its district and seeks approval in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code.

Council also had a second reading for a quiet zone at the railroad crossing at Leap and Davidson roads, yet tabled their vote to the Sept. 12 meeting.

Earlier, the finance and administration committee forwarded to council a resolution authorizing a lease-purchase agreement with PNC Equipment Finance, LLC for a street sweeper truck and a tandem axle pumper truck that were previously approved. The economic and community development committee forwarded a resolution to continue to participate in the Franklin County department of housing and urban development entitlement program.