By JODI MYERS
Daily Globe News Editor
SHELBY After several months of negotiations between the city and Jackson and Sharon Townships, fire protection contracts for the next several years were finally approved when members of City Council met Monday night.
Conversation started this summer when the city presented a proposal to both townships asking for a 20-year contract with a four-percent increase each year.
Trustees from Jackson and Sharon Townships countered, stating their budgets could not stand such an increase every year and both explained they did not want to enter into such a long contract with the city.
In other meetings, the city acknowledged the long contract proposal and annual four-percent increase request came about in part to help fund the construction of a new Shelby Fire Station.
Contracts between the townships and the city expired at the end September and all parties have been trying to reach an agreement.
During the Monday night Council meeting, final contracts for both townships were presented and unanimously approved.
The contract for Jackson Township states the fire protection contract through the end of September 2014 will cost the township $62,620, with a one-percent increase each year through September 30, 2018.
The contract for Sharon Township states they will pay $41,410 for the year ending September 30, 2014 with a one-percent increase each year through September 30, 2016.
Moving on to other matters, Finance Director Bob Lafferty explained two ordinances concerning appropriations.
One ordinance was to increase the expenditures in the General Administration line item by $820. Lafferty said this was a correction on his part and the action would bring the line item to a zero balance for the end of the year.
The second ordinance concerned two transfers, Lafferty explained. The first was transferring $13,250 from five line items in the court budget to the clerk of courts line item.
These are transfers moving money in the court to cover the clerk of courts retirement, Lafferty said. That was not anticipated. We did not budget for that amount so we had to increase that line item for the end of the year.
Lafferty said the second transfer was $6,000 from the construction and wages line items in the street department fund to the street department hospitalization line item. We did not budget enough money in that line item, he said.
Both of these ordinances were passed by council as emergency measures.