The Troy Police Benevolent Association finally negotiated a resolution to its contract with the city. However, as the Record reported, the residency requirement--one of the main sticking points in the negotiations--although solved on paper, still needs to be dealt with through legislation.
The contentious residency requirement issue is also resolved in the new contract with members having the option to live outside the city provided they accept a one-time penalty of giving up between 13 to 15 days of pay. However, the City Council would have to formally change the residency law in order for that contract provision to become enforceable, said [City Councilman Bill Dunne District 4].
But whose responsibility is it to solve this legislative problem? In a letter Dunne sent to Mayor Harry Tutunjian, he challenged the administration to provide the appropriate solution.
Since the administration included a residency clause in the PBA contract currently on the table, please feel free to present the city council with any proposal you might have relative to the city’s current residency laws. Since I do not believe any contractual clause can supersede the residency laws currently in place, I can only assume you and your administration have a plan for changing the residency law. Please feel free to make a presentation to the Law Committee with regard to your residency plan whenever you like. I look forward to hearing from you.