The Cherokee City Council approved a two-year contract with each of the organizations representing city employees.
Non-management police department employees and non-management street utility workers received contracts that awarded each employee a $1000 increase in salary during each of the two years of the contract.
The action taken at the June 10 meeting of the Cherokee City Council, followed a brief closed session, the last of several weeks of closed sessions for labor negotiations.
The city council approved going to bid on a storm sewer project on East Bluff Street to alleviate a flooding problem in the area that has the potential to cause serious property damage.
Jim Agnitsch, street department supervisor, said that the city currently has $77,000 in the fund for storm sewer installation and repair, a fund from a levy specifically designated for that purpose.
Dave Wilberding of Professional Surveying Services was present at the Tuesday meeting to explain the plans to the council members.
"We will make this a top priority," said Wilberding.
The engineer's estimate for the project is $69,180. The exact cost will not be known until bids are received.
Rick Angell of Rick Angell Insurance Agency and Don Faber of Three Rivers Benefit Corporation were at the city council meeting to inform the council about insurance rates for the next year and the status of the self-insurance program.
Angell noted that the premiums for employee health insurance will go down about 2 percent as of the start of the next fiscal year on July 1.
He said he does not know how to explain the decrease since claims increased during this year.
Faber informed the council that the self-insurance program saves the city a significant amount, a projected $87,162 for the current fiscal year and $60,593 for last fiscal year.
The program is now in its second year. It involves purchasing a high deductible health insurance and paying down the deductible out of a self-insurance fund and also paying part of the prescription costs.
Three Rivers administers the self-insurance program.