It's been nearly a year since their counterparts in the Alton Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 14 command unit agreed to a deal, but this morning, Alton Police Patrolmen have a new contract with the city. The contract is much like the others, and Mayor Tom Hoechst says it is nice to have this issue put to rest.
As for the terms, Hoechst says the contract calls for a 1.25% raise this year, and .75% raise next year. There is no retroactive pay, so Hoechst says the delay in ratifying a contract cost the patrol unit money. He says in about a year, the city will have to begin the negotiations process all over again with all five unions that represent city employees.