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    Firefighter contracts settled

    The town and the firefighters’ union have reached agreement on a pair of contracts covering five years. One covers July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2012, and the second July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2015, according to Bill Boulter, chairman of the Board of Selectmen. The agreement, ratified by the union, was reached in a mediation process. The contracts together provide union members with a $750 one-time bonus effective July 10, 2010; 1.5 percent increases retroactive to July 1, 2011, and Jan. 1, 2012; no increase on July 1, 2012; a two percent retroactive increase on July 1, 2013, and a 3 percent increase this July 1. Stipends for paramedics were also retroactively increased by $750 on July 1, 2011, and $650 on July 1, 2013. “I’m very pleased with it because I think both sides came to the table and negotiated a fair contract for the union and a fair contract for the town,” Boulter said in an interview.