Fulton County supervisors to adopt local law

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday adopted a local law increasing the salaries of elected and appointed county positions by 2.6 percent for the period 2018 through 2021.

Action followed a public hearing, for which there were no speakers at the County Office Building.

Salaries for the elected officials for the start of 2019 will be: county clerk — $74,442; county treasurer — $75,857: and county sheriff — $81,578.

Other department heads would receive these salaries to start 2019: director of weights and measures — $50,367; civil defense/fire coordinator — $53,801; county budget director — $76,410; director of information services/printing — $81,732; personnel director — $67,439; Real Property Tax Services Agency director –$68,903; county administrative officer — $97.860; commissioner of social services — $88,750; Office for Aging/Youth director– $67,807; director of solid waste management — $99,096; county planning director — $82,657; probation director — $76,886; county public health director — $91,577; superintendent of highways and facilities — $82,579; director of community services– $97,536.

In other board personnel action:

∫ The board gave a silent standing second to a resolution in memory of former town of Bleecker Supervisor George Manchester, who passed away July 28. He has served as a member of the board from 1992 through 2003, serving as board chairman in 1999. He also served many years as chairman of the Fulton County Ethics Board.

Manchester had served prior to being a supervisor, as a member of the Bleecker Town Board for over 20 years.

“Supervisor Manchester always approached his public service duties with a caring attitude, earning a reputation as a respected gentleman legislator,” the resolution stated.

Manchester retired in 1996 as superintendent of transportation for the Gloversville Enlarged School District after 30 years district service. He was also a professional butcher for Grand Union stores for 40 years.

∫ Gloversville 2nd Ward Supervisor Frank Lauria Jr. read a proclamation recognizing Harry Robinson for his induction into the American Football Association National Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on June 22. The Gloversville High School graduate’s gridiron accomplishments earned him a place in the Glove Cities Colonials Hall of Fame in 1990 as a linebacker and placekicker. Robinson was a Empire Football League Defensive Player of the Year in 1974.

“Robinson’s impressive career earned a reputation as a tenacious defensive force during competition and a good-hearted colleague off the field,” the proclamation stated.

∫ The board authorized renewal of the county’s Specific Excess Employers Liability Insurance Policy for 2018-19 through the Workers’ Compensation Plan with Jacksland Associates of Johnstown. The annual estimated premium is $15,698 and the policy includes these terms: employers liability — $475,000 per occurrence; and self-insured retention — $25,000 each occurrence.

∫ Supervisors also approved a three-year contract with Benetech Inc. of Wynantskill for third-party administrator services for the county’s workers compensation self-insurance plan from 1019-2021. The administration base fees will be: 2019 — $40,304; 2020 — $38,292; and 2021 — $36,279.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.