Collective bargaining agreements usually take time and involve a number of lawyers.
But and the city were able to reach a new deal for patrol officers, sergeants and lieutenants without needing any lawyers and after only one meeting.
The result, that includes wage increases for officers but requires them to pay more for health benefits, has city officials pleased.
Solon Police union rep Robert Bozak asked Mayor Susan Drucker if they could negotiate without lawyers. Drucker consulted the Police Chief Chris Viland and Law Director Tom Lobe, who agreed.
After one meeting, they had a deal. That agreement was approved by city council Tuesday night.
Drucker said the move saved the city money in legal fees and that Bozak showed "true leadership."
Viland said that there was definitely "contentious issues" to discuss but the city and the union worked through them in a professional and efficient manner.
"The good will purchased was beyond economic," he said.