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AUBURN | Over the next few weeks, Auburn officials will review proposed salary adjustments for around 15 city employees not represented by a union.

These employees are primarily management staff, such as city department heads as well as the chiefs of the fire and police departments.

The potential salary adjustments are part of the Auburn City Council's review of a worker's policy that also outlines benefits and disciplinary measures. Auburn officials have cited interest in a policy update to, in part, make these positions more attractive for promotion.

Councilors discussed potential revisions Thursday. Further talks are expected next week; a new ordinance could be adopted during a later meeting Dec. 17.

This policy was last updated last July. Bill Lupien, head of the city's engineering department, said certain provisions were adopted with the document that have not been fulfilled. This includes raises and an annual evaluation, he said.

While union employees have been given contractual raises over the years, several of the unrepresented employees have seen their salaries cut by 4-percent and frozen, Lupien said during a council meeting Thursday.

"I think we should be treated as well as anybody else," he said. "I don't think we're asking for anything that nobody else is getting."

Jennifer Haines, director of Planning and Economic Development, will represent these employees in further council discussions, said City Manager Doug Selby.

In other news

• A contract that would establish city landfill rates for a local garbage hauling company is still under review, officials said Thursday.

Auburn lawmakers were expected to vote Thursday on the agreement, but it was pulled from their agenda. The contract would establish a new agreement with Jordan hauler WeCare Holdings, LLC. to deposit waste at the landfill.

Contract authorization has been stalled due to further negotiations, according to Corporation Counsel John Rossi.

The projected revenue from the city's partnership with WeCare would be around $680,000 — otherwise enough to help a beleaguered landfill operation break even and cover its expenses.

• As of Thursday, Selby said the city's landfill gas cogeneration facility no longer powers the wastewater treatment plant.

The sewage treatment facility is instead powered by New York State Electric and Gas, freeing up the cogeneration plant to sell power on the New England energy market starting Monday, according to the city manager.

The transition has been in the works in an attempt to generate more revenue through the cogeneration facility.

"It's been more than a year trying to get to this point, so it's kind of a landmark to be able to say that we're there now," Selby said.

• In commemoration of Auburn Public Theater's 10th anniversary, councilors formally proclaimed Dec. 7 "Auburn Public Theater Day" through out the city.

Staff writer Greg Mason can be reached at (315) 282-2239 or greg.mason@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenMason.

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