Joint Meeting
Budget and Capital, Public Safety, and Health and Human Services Committees
August 20, 2002
5 p.m.
Scott Heyman Conference Room


Health and Human Services Committee
Present:  N. Schuler, Vice Chair; D. Booth; M. Robertson
Excused: D. Winch and F. Proto
Staff:      K. Smithers, Deputy County Administrator; S. Whicher, County Administrator; W. Skinner,
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Public Safety Committee
Present:  N. Schuler, Chair; G. Totman; K. Herrera; L. McBean
Excused: B. Blanchard
Staff:      K. Smithers, Deputy County Administrator; S. Whicher, County Administrator; W. Skinner,
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Budget and Capital Committee
Present:  P. Penniman, Chair; D. Booth; L. McBean; M. Robertson
Excused: T. Todd
Staff:      K. Smithers, Deputy County Administrator; S. Whicher, County Administrator; W. Skinner,
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Called to Order

 The Health and Human Services and Public Safety Committees were called to order by Mrs. Schuler at 5:00 p.m.  Mr. Penniman called the Budget and Capital Committee to order at 5:00 p.m.

Resolution - Early Retirement (Health Department and STOP-DWI)

 Health and Human Services Committee
 It was MOVED by Ms. Robertson, seconded by Mr. Booth, to submit the following resolution to the full Board for approval.

 Budget and Capital Committee
 It was MOVED by Mr. Booth, seconded by Ms. Robertson, to submit the following resolution to the full Board for approval.

 Public Safety Committee
 It was MOVED by Ms. Herrera, seconded by Mr. Totman, to submit the following resolution to the full Board for approval.

 Discussion followed and Mrs. Smithers explained the worksheet that was distributed outlining the savings plans for each of the employees wishing to retire.  She also distributed copies of a "Statement of Reserves" and explained it.  She said there is a retirement reserves fund that was created several years ago and is currently used to pay the State the required savings from the early retirement of employees.  This fund helps pay down bills to the State Retirement System as well as assisting the fringe pool to carry a balance.  Discussion followed and Mr. Penniman agreed to discuss the subject of the retirement fund at a future meeting.

 A voice vote by Health and Human Services Committee members resulted as follows on the resolution:  Ayes - 3 (Schuler, Booth, and Robertson); Noes - 0; Excused - 2 (Winch and Proto).  MOTION CARRIED.
 A voice vote by the Public Safety Committee members resulted as follows on the resolution:  Ayes - 4 (Schuler, Totman, Herrera, and McBean); Noes - 0; Excused - 1 (Blanchard).  MOTION CARRIED.

 A voice vote by the Budget and Capital Committee members resulted as follows on the resolution:  Ayes - 4 (Penniman, Booth, McBean, and Robertson); Noes - 0; Excused - 1 (Todd).  MOTION CARRIED.

RESOLUTION NO.     - AUTHORIZATION FOR EARLY RETIREMENT HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND STOP-DWI

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Board of Representatives authorized participation in the 2002 Early Retirement Incentive Program, and
WHEREAS, the following employees are eligible and have voluntarily chosen to retire during the open period:
Sharon Haas, Community Health Nurse, Health Department - .5 FTE
Peter Coats, Sanitarian, Health Department 1.0 FTE
John Beach, Coordinator, STOP-DWI 1.0 FTE
, and
WHEREAS, this incentive may be used on behalf of any eligible employee who so chooses, provided that the Department Head has recommended a plan that will result in a financial savings equal to fifty percent of the base salary of the retiring employee over a two-year period following the retirement, and
WHEREAS, savings plans as required by the New York State Retirement System have been submitted describing the following methods of saving funds:
Sharon Haas:  The Health Department has proposed in the 2003 budget to not fund .5 FTE of a Community Health Nurse;
Peter Coats:  The Health Department will fill this position half-time for the next two years and the OTR for the .5 FTE Sanitarian  will be withdrawn upon approval of this resolution;
 John Beach:  The position will be filled half-time for the next two years, and
WHEREAS, such plans have been reviewed and recommended by the County Administrator, now therefore be it
RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services, Public Safety, and Budget and Capital Committees, That Sharon Haas, Peter Coats, and John Beach be authorized to retire under the terms of the 2002 Early Retirement Incentive Program, and
RESOLVED, further, That the fiscal target adjustments will be made in one blanket resolution later this year for all those approved for the Early Retirement option.
SEQR ACTION: TYPE II-20

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At this time the Health and Human Services and Public Safety Committees adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Resolution - Early Retirement (Personnel)

 The Budget and Capital Committee continued with its discussion of the resolution postponed from the last meeting concerning the early retirement proposal for the Records Manager.

 It was MOVED by Ms. McBean, seconded by Ms. Robertson, to submit the following resolution to the full Board for approval.  Mrs. Smithers briefly explained the savings plan for the Records Manager position and stated that there will be a fiscal target adjustment at the end of the year for those employees approved for early retirement.

 A voice vote resulted as follows:  Ayes - 4; Noes - 0; Excused - 1 (Todd).  RESOLUTION APPROVED.

RESOLUTION NO.  AUTHORIZATION FOR EARLY RETIREMENT - PERSONNEL

 WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Board of Representatives authorized participation in the 2002 Early Retirement Incentive Program, and
 WHEREAS, the Records Manager, Robert Hillick, in the Personnel Department is eligible and has voluntarily chosen to retire during the open period, and
 WHEREAS, this incentive may be used on behalf of any eligible employee who so chooses, provided that the Department Head has recommended a plan that will result in a financial savings equal to fifty percent of the base salary of the retiring employee over a two-year period following the retirement, and
 WHEREAS, the Personnel Department has submitted a savings plan as required by the New York State Retirement System, and
 WHEREAS, this plan involves filling up to a half-time position while providing necessary support services for the Records Management Program with existing staff, and
 WHEREAS, such plan has been reviewed and recommended by the County Administrator, now therefore be it
 RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations and Budget and Capital Committees, That Robert Hillick be authorized to retire under the terms of the 2002 Early Retirement Incentive Program,
 RESOLVED, further, That the fiscal target adjustment will be made in one blanket resolution later this year for all those approved for the Early Retirement option.
SEQR ACTION:  TYPE II-20

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Adjournment

 The meeting adjourned at 5:23 p.m.
 
 

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