City council to discuss union issues in closed session


Residents of Ames gather Sept. 25, 2018, at City Hall.

Talon Delaney

The Ames City Council will convene privately after their meeting Tuesday to discuss collective bargaining strategies. City staff will report to city council about their interactions with local labor unions.

Susan Gwiasda, the city’s public relations officer, said the council does have closed sessions occasionally throughout the year, and it’s unlikely any policy changes will come about during the session.

“It’s really a chance for staff to discuss with the council what unions are concerned about,” Gwiasda said, “things like working conditions and wages.”

The council will still have their regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. before the closed session.

The council will hear a staff presentation on the 2019-24 capital improvements plan, which seeks to allocate funds appropriately in order to develop Ames’s infrastructure in a way that accommodates growing population and economic demands.

City documents reveal plans to update water utilities, road infrastructure, the Ames Municipal Airport (AMA) and other projects. The documents detail how each development would pull money from local, state and federal funds. The entire plan will cost more than $207 million over the next five years.

Anyone is welcome to attend the regular scheduled meeting, but the chamber doors will be closed off to the public when the closed session begins.

Editor’s Note: This article previously stated the AMA project alone would cost $207 million, which are the total funds for all projects. The Daily regrets this error.