Board votes on plan

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to make the state’s Deferred Compensation Plan available to all county employees.

It is a retirement plan created for New York state employees, and employees of participating agencies. The plan is designed to help retirees who face an income gap and potentially provide additional financial security for unexpected expenses.

The plan is offered to all benefit-eligible county employees as part of their collective bargaining agreements. But the board’s Personnel Committee reviewed “administrative aspects” required to allow all employees to participate and supported it, effective Sept. 1, the resolution indicated.

In other personnel matters before the board, supervisors approved a contract with Johnstown attorney Allen Day to carry out three county assisted outpatient treatment orders, effective immediately, at a cost not to exceed $2,400.

The board adopted the county’s non-union salary schedule for 2018-21. A 2.6 percent wage hike will go into effect Jan. 1 of each year, retroactively for 2018.

Supervisors set a public hearing for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the County Office Building on a proposed local law to adjust salaries of elected and appointed positions in the county. In conjunction with the resolution, county Administrative Officer Jon Stead released a schedule of proposed salaries for such department heads and elected officials that runs through 2021, carrying the same 2.6 percent raises non-union workers are receiving.

“It’s the same, except for the date of the public hearing,” Stead said.

Fifteen department heads and three elected officials are impacted by the local law.

The board temporarily waived the county’s residency rule to hire someone for a newly-created county assistant director of information services position. Information Services Department Director Perry Lovell proposed promotion of a current department employee, who doesn’t live in Fulton County. The employee must establish permanent Fulton County residency by Dec. 31.