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Employees, city agree on contract

The City Council, in a special meeting Monday night, June 29, approved a four-year contract with city employees to end nearly a year of negotiations.

The 40-page document includes a number of changes from previous contracts that both City Manager Ray Towry and Tim Riley, who headed the local American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees team of negotiators, said would benefit the city and employees in the long run.

Employees voted to ratify the contract earlier in the day.

The council voted 5-2, with Mayor Greg Mahler and councilors Susan Coleman, Lisa Gourley, Cortney N...