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Panel: Abolish two OFA jobs

September 23, 2011
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors' Social Services Committee on Thursday supported abolishment of two vacant positions in the county Office for Aging.

The agency's director said she's weighing the potential effect.

"It is what it is," OFA Director Andrea Fettinger told the committee.

The committee passed a resolution to abolish two vacant OFA positions - coordinator of aging services and senior typist. The resolution will be reviewed by the Personnel and Finance committees next week and go before the full board Oct. 10. Once the change is formally approved, the OFA would adjust its proposed 2012 budget.

The positions were left vacant by the coordinator's retirement and the typist's resignation. Supervisors during budget review in August voted as a cost-saving move to have the titles removed for 2012.

"This is sadly a resolution to abolish two vacant positions in my office," Fettinger said.

The OFA has 16 full-time and six part-time positions, according to the county budget.

Social Services Committee Vice Chairman Richard Handy asked Fettinger if she can get by without the two positions.

"It's hard to say yet," the agency director said. "It's going to be very busy for us."

She said she personally will be busier. She said while the OFA's 2012 budget and tax levy will be "greatly reduced" by abolishing the positions, the change is "already proving to be challenging for me and my staff." It was unclear how much money is saved by abolishing the two positions. The OFA's appropriations for 2011 totaled $1.6 million, $172,000 of which comes through the county's tax levy.

Fettinger said this is the time many Home Energy Assistance Program applications are processed through the OFA. It's also a health insurance open-enrollment period for senior citizens.

"This is the busy season for us," she said. "We anticipate more people coming through the door."

Services offered through the OFA include HEAP, weatherization, home-delivered meals, social adult day care, home care, case management, insurance and benefits counseling, transportation, and employment, caregiver and grandparent services.

Fettinger wouldn't have been able to fill the positions at this time anyway because the county enacted a hiring freeze until the end of the year.



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