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After more than a year of negotiations with Dublin police officers, council on Oct. 24 approved a three-year contract.

The contract with the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9 that represents officers, corporals and sergeants in the Dublin Division of Police ended in December 2010 and has been keeping things at status quo during negotiations.

The negotiation process has included bargaining sessions, mediation and a fact-finding report from the state.

The major two issues between the entities were wages and health insurance. Council members rejected a fact-finding report and recommendations last month. Per state law, the next step would be conciliation, but the city and union representatives decided to meet early this month to work on an agreement.

According to the approved agreement, a training step was added to the four-step wage structure of police officers and a 2-percent wage increase will be given across the board, retroactive to Jan. 1. A 3-percent wage increase also was negotiated for officers in 2012 and 2013, said David Harding, director of human resources.

Regarding health insurance, the current plan will be maintained in 2011 and 2012, with a new “consumer-driven” insurance plan that’s being used by Dublin’s nonunion employees, to be instituted in 2013, Harding said.

The union ratified the agreement last week, he said.

According to a staff report from city manager Marsha Grigsby, the wage agreement is expected to cost the city $790,844 over the three years.

In other matters, council heard the first reading for an incentive package for Socius1.

Economic development administrator Michael Clarey told council members the company has been at the Dublin Entrepreneur Center since 2006 and is a software firm that specializes in “business solution systems.

“Current and projected growth has made it necessary for Socius to seek a new site,” he said. “They’re looking throughout central Ohio.”

The agreement includes a four-year, 10-percent performance incentive on income-tax withholdings collected from 2012 to 2015, capped at $19,000. In return, the company will retain 23 jobs and create 13 new positions by the end of 2016. The company also must sign a lease in Dublin through 2016.

A two-year bonus agreement is included for 2016 and 2017 and capped at $11,000 if the company signs another three-year lease extension that would keep Socius in Dublin through 2019.

Clarey said the company is looking at a Perimeter Drive location.

According to the staff memo to council, Dublin expects to bring in $268,000 in income-tax revenue over the term of the agreement.

The second and final reading of the $30,000 incentive agreement is slated for Nov. 14.