Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Council to decide on police negotiations, Chase appeal

Two Claremont hot button topics are slated for discussion at tonight's city council meeting.

The council will address negotiations with its police unions, as well as an appeal against a Chase Bank with drive-through to be built in the Sprouts Shopping Center.

The council will discuss the police impasse in open session for the first time since negotiations began. The city is proposing that the council should adopt a resolution that will have police paying 6 percent of their Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) contribution within the first year. This PERS amount will replace the previously proposed 3 percent. The 1.5 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will still be a part of the contract.

The construction of a Chase bank on the corner of Mountain Avenue and Foothill Boulevard will also be discussed. The proposed bank was appealed by Tony Husson, co-owner of 21 Choices located behind where the proposed Chase lot will be. Mr. Husson says the Chase building would block his store from sight, creating a “window of opportunity” for potential crooks.

The meeting will take place tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers located at 225 Second Street.

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