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PUC approves non-union pay hike

December 28, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - The New Ulm Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved a 2.4 percent general wage increase for non-union, full-time Public Utilities employees during a Dec. 20 meeting at City Hall.

The increase mirror a similar increase given to the same type of workers in the City of New Ulm earlier this year. The increase is intended to even out wages, particularly since non-union employees have had previous wage increase kept from keeping pace with union employees during previous budget cuts.

The PUC also approved levying two utility liens against the property at 316 South Front Street in New Ulm. The uninhabited property owes $164.75 for the period of Dec. 28, 2008 to May 5, 2008 and $407.96 for March 27, 2009 to Oct. 27, 2012. Other utility liens previous incurred by the owned total up to $1,400. All utilities have been disconnected on the property

Finally, the PUC accepted the 2011 Water Fluoridation Quality Award , which was initiated by the Center for Disease Control in 2002 to recognize outstanding performance by water systems. The award focuses on water systems that adjust fluoride concentrations in drinking water and achieve a monthly average fluoride level in the optimal range for 12 months in a calendar year.

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