Trustees reached an agreement with three township unions to extend their contracts another three years, the first year with a wage freeze, Trustee Rick Clark said last month.
The unions - which include police, fire and public works department employees - each agreed that the first year of the contract will go without a wage increase, though the township agreed to revisit the issue of wages with the unions after that year.
The agreement covers 56 employees between the three unions. Trustees accepted the agreements at a recent regular meeting.
"To me this is unprecedented,'' Clark said. ''This is usually a lengthy process."
Clark and firefighters representative Brian McCall said the unions made the offer because of township finances.
"They were always up front with us with the books,'' McCall said. ''They told us there was no money (for wages), and I believe them.
''They get nothing and we get nothing, with a reopener in a year," he said. "I feel confident that if things turned around, we'd get a better raise.''
McCall said there was some opposition to the agreement. About 90 percent of the firefighters were in favor of it, he said.
The contracts did include one change, a $175 uniform allowance increase, an allowance that Clark said had not been updated in prior negotiations.
In other business, trustees accepted the resignation of township Zoning Inspector Mark Zuppo, who is leaving for a private-sector job in Ithica, N.Y., Clark said. The trustees voted to accept assistant planning and zoning director Kim Mascarella to take his place until a permanent replacement can be selected.