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Settlement offer by Perales pitched to Mabton Council

MABTON - The Mabton City Council heard an offer to settle an unfair labor practice complaint brought by former Mabton Police Chief Robert Perales.

The Mabton City Council removed the funding for the position of police chief in the 2009 budget, which effectively ended Perales' job in Mabton, prompting Perales to file the complaint.

Teamsters Local Union 760 Business Representative Wayne Johnson told the council Perales would like to settle for 40 hours of pay, or about $950. This amount would be reduced by about half due to an overpayment of 20 hours the city paid Perales at the beginning of this year.

The council acknowledged the proposal and will look into it before making a decision.

Also at last night's meeting the council heard from Bill Roettger regarding a zoning issue of his property.

Roettger told the council that he wants to put a mobile home on his property temporarily to house his ailing mother. Roettger said he applied for and received the necessary permits from Yakima County to move the mobile home onto his property but before he could do it, he received word from the county that because his property is in the city of Mabton's urban growth area and it is designated an industrial zone, he would need permission from the city.

The council seemed receptive to helping out Roettger and Mabton Mayor Velva Herrera said she will check the city's code book and write up a conditional use permit for Roettger. Once this is done the council will hold a special meeting to approve the permit.

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