Friday, December 18, 2015
In an unusual display of unity the Troy City Council rejected a year-and-a-half old agreement between Mayor Rosamilia and the Troy Police Benevolent Association that would change the service requirements for lifetime health insurance benefits from twenty years to ten years . The agreement was signed in June of 2014 but only presented to the Council for ratification last night. Perhaps Corporation Counsel found the agreement while cleaning out his desk.*
According to those present, the administration offered no explanation for the agreement or the lengthy fermentation process. Nothing. Nada. Not even an "oops, did I do that?" The Council hasn't been this united since they voted on whether or not there were seven days in the week (even then there was one dissent).
The Troy Polloi has a few questions for Lou:
1) What the hell were you thinking?
2) No, answer the question!
3) Really, just tell us what the hell happened!
4) Ah....screw it.
Perhaps a legal-type (and we know a few read this based on some e-mails we have received) can help illuminate something for us about this agreement and the entire process. What was signed in June of 2014 has been called an 'agreement.' However, an agreement is not a contract. While every contract is an agreement not all agreements are contracts. A valid contract is enforceable. Unilateral promises and agreements are not. Contracts involve a little something called consideration. For instance, "we agree to pay health care costs for those with ten or more years of service in exchange for no pay raises for twenty years."
Here, what did the City get in exchange for the agreement? Even if the Council did ratify the agreement, is it actually a contract or just a giveaway? We'll let the lawyers hash that one out and we're sure that is already in the works.
*Sources confirm that Corporation Counsel Ian Silverman has accepted a position with the Office of Mental Health. Four years with Lou has given Ian the experience necessary to represent that agency