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A three-year contract for Highway Department employees was ratified Tuesday by the Arkwright Town Board.

Supervisor Jack Dillenburg said the agreement for five employees represents an average pay increase of 5 percent per year.

The salary for the highway superintendent will be negotiated separately.

"The Teamsters union organized here in the spring of last year," Dillenburg said. "I don't really understand why the employees did it (became Teamsters); they still are under the public employees law and aren't able to strike or anything."

He also said the average 5 percent per-year increase is offset by concessions the employees made in health-insurance coverage.

"It actually balances out pretty evenly," he said.

One advantage to the contract is that it provides the board with a set salary budget for the highway department for the next three years, Dillenburg added.

"Usually we're negotiating and trying to put together a budget and we never really know for sure what it will be," he said.

In other action, the board:

Accepted the resignation of Town Justice Margaret Noonan, who moved to the Town of Hanover.

The board plans to eliminate the position, which paid $1,350 a year.

"We have a very low volume court," Dillenburg said. "We may share services with the Town of Sheridan and we will probably raise the salary of the other justice by about $500."

The other justice position pays $1,500 a year.

Conducted routine year-end business, which included giving the supervisor authorization to make any necessary budget transfers.

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