Cumberland council tables police contract

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CUMBERLAND — The Town Council on Monday delayed until Oct. 10 a vote on a labor agreement with the police union.

Councilors Bill Stiles and George Turner were absent.

“We’re still working on some of the details,” Town Manager Bill Shane said, noting that the meeting was the first time the council saw the agreement. He said councilors wanted more information before voting.

“We’re pretty close,” Shane said.

The proposed agreement with the Cumberland Police Benevolent Association is retroactive to July 1 and continues through June 30, 2014. The union has been working under the terms of its previous three-year contract.

Under the proposed contract, the average current employee will receive a raise of between 3 and 3.5 percent, Shane said.

The Town Council also unanimously approved mass gathering permits for two cross country meets at the Twin Brook Recreation Area. The Maine Principal Association’s regional meet will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and the state meet will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

The council additionally set two public hearings for its Oct. 10 meeting. One will involve the rezoning of the Drowne Road School property from Rural Residential 1 to Village Mixed Use, an action recommended Sept. 20 by the Planning Board.

The change would allow work to convert the building to senior housing – the third phase of the Village Green Revitalization Master Plan – to proceed without a contract zone.

The other public hearing will involve renewal of Cumberland Salvage’s junkyard/recycler permit.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.