The city of Marysville is closer to a contract agreement with its police and fire unions for the next three years, and those agreements would include no base-pay increases for the next two years.

The city of Marysville is closer to a contract agreement with its police and fire unions for the next three years, and those agreements would include no base-pay increases for the next two years.

Following an executive session March 24, city council voted 6-0 to approve fact-finding reports prepared by independent fact-finder Mitch Goldberg regarding the city's negotiations with the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 3032 and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 171.

Both reports include a freeze in salary for union members for the next two years, with a 3-percent salary increase in the third year.

Marysville human-resources manager Brian Dostanko said the freeze applies only to cost-of-living increases; the employees still will receive their annual step increase in salary, although about 80 percent of Marysville's employees in the two departments already have reached the cap on that increase.

"For the public, our police department and fire department have put through agreements where they're going to do what city staff has done for the next two years, to match what our staff has already done (in terms of salary increases)," council member Nevin Taylor said after the vote.

Dostanko said the IAFF already has voted for the fact-finder report, and that the city is waiting to hear from the police department's bargaining unit.

Assistant police chief Glenn Nicol said on March 25 that the FOP is expected to take a vote on the report in "the next couple of days."

"By Ohio Revised Code, each side, whether the union or the employer, has seven days to both serve the report and to inform the other party whether you agree to it or not," Dostanko said. "If one party doesn't agree to the fact-finding report, they have to inform the other, and if they say nothing, it is assumed to be passed. In seven days, if both sides say yes, approving the articles of contention, as well as all the articles of the contract, then those two things become the collective-bargaining agreement.

"What's significant right now is that we know the (IAFF) has voted yes on their end, which means we know what our contract will look like for the next three years."

Council member Dan Fogt praised Mayor Chris Schmenk and Dostanko for their work with negotiations.

"I think this works out well for everyone," he said.

According to Marysville's employee-compensation resolution approved December 2010, police and fire union members' pay is determined by a number of steps. Firefighters' annual salary begins at $43,033, ranging up to $56,900. Firefighters (prevention) range from $46,616 to $60,364; firefighters (EMT-P) range from $46,043 to $59,810; lieutenants range from $62,550 to $65,548; lieutenants (EMT-P) range from $65,460 to $68,459; and lieutenants (prevention) range from $66,015 to $69,012 annually.

In the police department, union employees' annual pay range is as follows: communications dispatch officers range from $32,166 to $45,250; dispatch supervisors range from $47,512 to $49,888; patrol officers range from $40,145 to $58,351; and sergeants range from $64,840 to $70,805.