No one thought the freeze would continue into '04

By TODD HELBERG City Editor Published:

When wage freezes were included in the three-year contracts approved between Defiance City Hall and its police and firefighter unions last year, no one thought they would continue into 2004. The contracts had called for reopeners after the first year if the citys financial condition improved, and many expected it would. While that appeared to be happening in early 2003, things went sour again by years end.