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A clash over concessions

Seburn said the town has set a meeting date with the highway union for Oct. 21 to discuss options, but he added that it is difficult for everyone to be able to meet face-to-face.

"My biggest upset is we are in the 22nd month of an expired contract, and it is very hard to get timeslots in the town to discuss this stuff," said Seburn. "We waited probably a good six months before we actually got to sit down and have a meeting."

One of the concessions Koetzle has called for is raising the health insurance co-pay by $5, which he said would reduce premiums for the town.

Seburn said that solution is not as simple as it sounds.

"If the co-pay increases, I am not sure what that will do to the premiums," said Seburn. "If there is cost of changing the co-pay I am sure there is something else that will be getting changed with it."

On top of being tightly staffed, Seburn said highway department employees haven't received a raise since July 2008.

"I understand that times are tough and money is tight. The general public also needs to know that we are down to 21 employees in the department, and we used to have 24 years ago," said Seburn. "The town has grown in more miles of road, and that means more work for us. We are doing more with less; it is a tough time for everybody."

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, Seburn said he received an e-mail over the weekend that information regarding health insurance is at Town Hall, but he said he hadn't had time to pick it up.

William Marchewka, president of the Glenville Police Benevolent Association, said he would not "comment publicly at this time while PBA/Town contract negotiations are ongoing."

The Town Board will hold a public hearing for the budget during their meting on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. and the board will vote on the budget during its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.""

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