Council meeting to include wide range of topics

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Auburn residents can look forward to a variety of topics at Monday night’s City Council meeting. In a closed session at 5:15 p.m. the council is set to discuss labor negotiations with Local 39, which represents several professional administration employees in the city, according to James Britton, business representative for Local 39. Britton said in the past if an agreement is reached it would go to City Council in open session for approval. The council is scheduled to hold a weed abatement public protest hearing in open session for those 21 properties in the city that have been noticed by the Auburn Fire Department to clean up their weeds, brush, rubbish, refuse and dirt and have not done so, according to city documents. According to the city, the purpose of the public hearing is to declare “public nuisance” of those properties. The council is also set to discuss the first reading of an ordinance that would amend the contract between the city and CalPERS to increase the industrial disability allowance to 75 percent of final pay for local fire members. Monday night the council could also adopt a 1.4 percent cost of living increase to the rate ceiling for Recology Auburn Placer residential and commercial services and adopt a not to exceed 4 percent cost of living increase for July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013. After four of the five council members discussed the current Americans with Disabilities Act non compliance lawsuits several Auburn businesses are facing from Carmichael attorney Scott Johnson at a past meeting, Councilman Keith Nesbitt calling the cases “extortion,” the council is set to discuss whether or not to approve a letter of support to Sen. Bob Dutton. Dutton authored SB 783, which would require stricter notice requirements that an alleged hindered party would have to follow before bringing a lawsuit against a business. The bill would also give businesses 120 days to make improvements before lawsuits could be filed. The open session of the City Council is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers at City Hall. ~Bridget Jones