A clash over concessions

Harrison also said the town now wants to do a "flurry" of negotiations to reach a health insurance agreement, which he said doesn't allow the CESA enough time to evaluate the proposals.

"It would be short-sighted of the CSEA to settle for anything less than a firm contract," said Harrison. "We all understand that these are difficult times; this situation didn't develop overnight. If the town was sincere in its efforts to reach an agreement, they would have initiated action long before today."

Koetzle contended efforts were made to reach a negotiation with unions, and Harrison's statements didn't accurately portray those efforts.

"To say the comments made tonight were disingenuous is an understatement, but we will move on," said Koetzle.

Glenville's tentative budget totals $11.7 million with a residential tax increase of 3.8 percent. Koetzle previously said this equal a $20 increase for the average resident within the town and just over $4 for the average resident outside the town.

"If anyone has picked up a newspaper at all for the past six months, they will see what is going on around our area," said Koetzle. "This budget is one of the least painful in the area, and we worked pretty hard to get there."

Koetzle said health insurance costs are increasing by 15 percent for next year. Also, he said in order for the three town unions to receive pay raises, they will need to make health insurance concessions.

Koetzle said it should have been clear what concessions would be needed for the budget because of public statements made by him over the past months.

"Anybody who was surprised by the actions in this budget either was not paying attention or did not care," said Koetzle.

After media reports about his call for union health-care concessions, Koetzle said he received a call from Michael Seburn, president of the Town of Glenville Highway Department Association. Koetzle said Seburn was the only union leader who contacted him.

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