The collective bargaining agreement between firefighters and the city could be a hot topic at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

But for now, everyone’s staying quiet.

“I’m not allowed to say anything on that until it actually goes through the council,” Mark Parker, president of the local International Association of Firefighters, said. “It’s worked into our agreement. We can’t give a statement until afterwards, then it will be a joint deal with the city.”

The council will make its decision during its regular meeting, set for 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

McAlester Fire Department Assistant Chief Eddie Sanders also said he couldn’t say much about the issue.

“I haven’t gotten official word from the union yet,” Sanders said. “Before we say anything for sure, we have to make sure negotiations are completed. There were still a few little deals to be worked out. We’ll find out for sure Tuesday night.”

McAlester Mayor Don Lewis or Assistant City Manager Bart Van Nieuwenhuise couldn’t be reached for comment by press time.

In other action, the council will consider a resolution to deposit all income from mineral interests owned by the city into an Emergency Reserve Fund.

The resolution calls for the fund to be maintained in its own seperate bank account. Income from mineral interests includes bonuses, royalties, shut-in payments, delayed rentals and interest received by the city. Any of this income received on or after Oct. 24 will be included.

The date coincides with the city’s last sale of an oil and gas lease.

Money from the Emergency Reserve Fund will not be able to be transferred without approval of the city council.

Ward 2 Councilor Donnie Condit said he believes the Emergency Reserve Fund is a good idea.

“The use of the money would have to be approved by the council,” Condit said. “It’s not that I don’t trust the city administration. It’s just that the council is ultimately responsible for the money spent.”

Another agenda item calls for the council to consider accepting a street and utility easement. The 60-foot easement is on the north side of Village Boulevard, just east of George Nigh Expressway, according to city documents.

If accepted, the easement will be available for the city to use for future development of the property north of Village Boulevard.

Contact Trevor Dunbar at tdunbar@mcalesternews.com

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