Syracuse City Council approves working agreement and funding for community programs

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The Syracuse Common Council approved a working agreement between the Syracuse Fire Association and the city at their meeting Monday.

The five-and-a-half-year deal will apply retroactively from January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2026 and involves an annual salary increase of 3% until 2025 and a 1.5% increase in 2026.

Beginning in July 2023, Association Health Plan coverage will cost $135 per month for single coverage and $260 per month for family coverage.

The Common Council has also appropriated $375,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to establish the Syracuse Festival Fund from May 2022-23.

Michael Collins, the city’s deputy business development commissioner, said in a letter to the city clerk’s office that the fund would encourage celebration of the city’s diverse cultures and communities, especially given the forced cancellation of various events. culture due to the pandemic.

Councilman Patrick Hogan introduced an amendment to the bill to earmark $125,000 for the Syracuse Jazz Festival to be held this summer in Clinton Square. The amended bill passed 5-4.

Additionally, the board has allocated $1,750,000 in ARPA funds toward an agreement with the SUNY Educational Opportunity Center to build a new Applied Trades and Technology Career Lab.

The facility would be part of Syracuse Surge, a growth and economic initiative launched by Mayor Ben Walsh in 2019.

Walsh issued a press release Monday regarding the festival fund and the new facility.

“These programs attract thousands of visitors and patrons from across the city, the Central New York area and beyond, contributing to the city’s economy, particularly the arts, entertainment, catering, retail and hospitality,” Walsh said in the statement. .

The board has proposed until a later meeting to allocate additional ARPA funds to the City as Canvas program, which would encourage Syracuse-based artists who are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic to participate in the creation of murals and street art across the city.

other business

Council passed a proposal allocating approximately $1.4 million to purchase four 10-wheel plows with salt spreaders and a street paver.

Councilor Michael Greene moved a supplemental resolution to appoint Kristin B. Greeley, Esq., to the Assessment Review Committee for a five-year term.

The board also passed a proposal to fill a vacancy on the Citizen Review Board, left by former member Dana Natale, with Richard Levy for a term ending December 31, 2023.

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