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West York council approves fire contract

Greg Gross
505-5433/@ggrossyd
  • The contract calls for 2.5 percent yearly pay increases for West York firefighters
  • The firefighters will be on the hook for 10 percent of their healthcare costs

The West York Borough Council approved a new contract with its paid firefighters recently after it was at first voted down.

The contract calls for yearly pay increases of 2.5 percent throughout its five years, said Councilman Shawn Mauck.

It also includes a provision that allows the borough to hire a fourth firefighter who will inspect new construction and enforce the state's Uniform Construction Code. The borough currently outsources inspections to an outside agency, and the move to bring inspections in-house is expected to save the borough money, Mauck said.

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The fire department is also tasked with enforcing local codes.

Firefighters, who still have to ratify the contract, will have to pay 10 percent of their monthly health care costs under the deal, Mauck said.

If approved by the firefighters, the contract would be in place starting in September.

The measure initially failed to pass during the May 16 council meeting. It was voted down 3-4, but Annette "Chickie" Christine, who at first voted against, changed her vote and the contract was approved 4-3.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @ggrossyd.