Oglesby OKs four-year police contract with 3% raises

Agreement allows for 12-hour shifts

Oglesby has a new police contract.

Monday, the Oglesby City Council approved a contract with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council through 2025. The agreement includes 3% raises in each of the four years plus language changes that allow for 12-hour shifts.

“We had a little back and forth,” Commissioner Carrie Lijewski said of negotiations, “but I felt everyone involved was respectful of others’ options.”

Separately, the council completed negotiations with the U.S. EPA, which approved the city’s plan for managing sewage between now and 2028, when the new plant will be finished.

The EPA wants cities to make long-term infrastructure fixes and to spell out action plans to adhere to until the concrete can be poured. Commissioner Jason Curran said in this case the city agreed to about six “milestones” to satisfy the EPA until the plant is operational.

Finally, a few residential streets will go from no-parking to one-side-only parking.

The council approved changes to parking restrictions on portions of Jones and Lehigh avenues and Florence, School, Morris, Prospect, Second and Jordan streets.

“We don’t really have a liability if we open it up to them,” Curran said.

In other matters, the council:

  • Agreed to sell the police department’s 2014 Ford Explorer by sealed bids, due Aug. 16.
  • Granted a request from the Starved Rock Runners Club to host the Turkey Trot on Nov. 25.
  • Granted a request from the Knights of Columbus to host a Tootsie Roll drive on Sept. 18