Urbana City Council to initiate major changes

With the current economic state, the Urbana City Council will put a freeze on its own wages to set an example.

Along with that decision, a one-year contract renewal for the Local 1147 of the International Association of Fire Fighters will be approved at Monday’s regular meeting, instead of the usual three-year contracts.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees work contract will also be approved, which includes a wage freeze.

“The city is challenged financially this year,” said Dennis Roberts, Ward 1. “The hope is the economy will improve and we won’t be in quite the same financial situation [next year].”

A mayoral appointment will also take place tomorrow as Anthony Cobb, patrol division commander, replaces recently appointed Police Chief Patrick Connolly. “Cobb has been working with the city for many years and has a lot of experience,” Roberts said.

On the agenda as well is a city council overview of the plan commission, city staff and recommendations to approve an ordinance on wind energy systems. The draft involves the regulation of wind energy systems as far as siting, installation and operation with special regards to health, safety and welfare.