Spring­field rat­i­fies new 5-year deal for po­lice with pay hikes

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Su­san L. Serbin Times Cor­re­spon­dent

SPRING­FIELD >> It wasn’t quick, but the town­ship and po­lice reached a five-year con­tract agree­ment with retroac­tive terms, and all of­fi­cers are get­ting a pay hike.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions were on­go­ing for nearly a year be­fore com­ing to com­mis­sion­ers at the Oc­to­ber meet­ing, said town­ship Manger Lee Ful­ton. The for­mal mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing is be­tween the town­ship and Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice Delaware County Lodge 27 on be­half of the lo­cal depart­ment.

Terms of the agree­ment com­menced Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 21, 2022. Wages in the first year in­crease 3 per­cent. For each of the four suc­ces­sive years, the in­crease is 2.5 per­cent. Ac­cord­ing to town­ship in­for­ma­tion, the base salary for a first year of­fi­cer would be $60,683, which his 70 per­cent of full wages. Af­ter the third year, the salary be­comes 100 per­cent at $86,691. Ac­tual salaries in­clude a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­en­tial de­pend­ing on spe­cific ser­vice.

The agree­ment also calls for a 95 per­cent fund­ing of each of­fi­cer’s Health Sav­ings Ac­count an­nual de­ductible ap­pli­ca­ble to the plan in which the of­fi­cer par­tic­i­pates dur­ing the year. The fi­nal por­tion of the mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment spells out a light-duty pol­icy in­clud­ing the med­i­cal-re­lease process, and an 11-point de­scrip­tion of tem­po­rary light-duty as­sign­ments (de­signed to be “tem­po­rary in na­ture and should not ex­ceed six months”).

In con­nec­tion with this con­tract, com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved the sec­ond read­ing of an or­di­nance which adopts the Act 44 retirement plan known as DROP (De­ferred Retirement Op­tion Pro­gram). This pro­gram is a tool for both in­di­vid­u­als and the mu­nic­i­pal body to plan sev­eral years in ad­vance for retirement, based on a slate of el­i­gi­bil­ity stan­dards. The full six-page or­di­nance is avail­able through the town­ship of­fice.

The town­ship po­lice force cur­rently em­ploys 32 full-time of­fi­cers. The po­lice chief is em­ployed un­der a sep­a­rate con­tract.

Pre­ced­ing agenda ac­tions, com­mis­sion­ers rec­og­nized the St. Francis Var­sity Base­ball Team, the first from the school to be­come the 2018 Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia cham­pi­ons. Mem­bers of the team and coaches were on hand to re­ceive cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and con­grat­u­la­tions from the board.

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