P’burgh town, highway workers reach accord

Mary Perham
Al Wordingham

Highway workers in the Town of Prattsburgh have their first contract, with negotiations between the highway union and town board recently concluded.

Town Supervisor Al Wordingham said the two-year contract calls for a 2 percent pay increase, retroactive to the beginning of 2010, when negotiations began.

The contract also calls for highway workers to continue to pay 30 percent of their health insurance costs, with the town paying 70 percent of the premium.

Last year, highway workers received a non-negotiated pay increase at the rate of inflation, which was slightly under 2 percent, Wordingham said.

“I want to also say the highway shop reps were wonderful to work with,” Wordingham said.

In other action, the town board will likely hold another public hearing on its proposed comprehensive plan, Wordingham said.

Wordingham said town attorney Ed Brockman is expected to look at Steuben County’s review of the plan, and also make his final recommendations on four proposed laws connected to the comprehensive plan.

Once the review is completed, the board will hold another hearing to gather public input, Wordingham said.

Wordingham will step down at the end of the year, with newly elected Supervisor Lenny McConnell taking office in January. New board members Angela Einwachter and Greg Booth will fill seats in 2012 vacated by council members Stacey Bottoni and Steve Kula.