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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


The Lockport Common Council, in a late-added resolution, voted to abolish five firefighter positions from the 2014 city budget, effective immediately.

The decision comes on the heels of the announcement Tuesday night that the city's fire department union to reject a buyout offer from the city, which would have allowed up to five firefighters with more than 20 years of service to retire with an incentive from the city that would pay those who took the buyout to receive $1,000 per year of service, up to $30,000.

A press release from Local 963 Tuesday night noted that the buyout would be paid out over a period of four or 10 years, while the police department buyout was paid in a lump sum. The fire department union unanimously rejected the city's offer.

The Council vote does not actually lay off any personnel. It only removes them from the budget. The city Fire Board is charged with letting go of the people in the positions, a move that is expected to take place at an 8 p.m. meeting of the Fire Board.

UPDATE: Fire board takes no action.

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