Legislators to consider salary grades for MVCC public safety officers

Published Mar 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

An increase in salary grades for Mohawk Valley Community College public safety department officers, and a higher rate schedule for Oneida County Sewer District customers, will be considered by the county Board of Legislators Wednesday.

Among other proposals before the board will be a transfer of a parcel of property in Boonville to the Adirondack school district, and a change in residency requirements to allow county corrections officers and deputy sheriffs to live in an adjoining county.

The board meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the County Office Building, 800 Park Ave., Utica. On the agenda:

• Salary grades for the job titles of MVCC public safety officer, senior public safety officer, and supervising public safety officers would be increased by two grades each, according to a proposed reallocation. They are members of United Public Service Employees Union. Specific salary amounts were not immediately available.

The change was requested by MVCC President Randall Van Wagoner, said county Commissioner of Personnel John Talaricio in a Jan. 26 letter to County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.

The request is due to the MVCC public safety department taking on additional responsibilities, and to a higher-than-average turnover in the affected positions, Talarico's letter said. The senior public safety officers and the supervising public safety officers began carrying firearms last year, his letter noted. In addition, all officers have received active shooter training, been involved in emergency management efforts and been trained to administer opioid overdose antidote.

• A proposed new Oneida County Sewer District rate schedule would include an increase to $4.52 per 1,000 gallons, up about 9.4 percent from $4.13.

A ratepayer who consumes 80,000 gallons of water per year would pay an additional $31.20 per year as a result of the proposed rate, according to a Jan. 31 letter to Picente from county Department of Water Quality and Water Pollution Control Commissioner Steven P. Devan. The rate increase is almost entirely due to a debt service increase resulting from activities to comply with a state Department of Environmental Conservation order, he said.

The sewer district's 12 member municipalities include the city of Utica; villages of New York Mills, Yorkville, Whitesboro, Oriskany, New Hartford, and Clayville; towns of Whitestown, New Hartford, Paris, Marcy, and Deerfield. In addition, the village of Holland Patent and portions of the towns of Frankfort and Schuyler in Herkimer County are also serviced by the district through intermunicipal agreements.

• The proposed parcel transfer to the Adirondack school district involves a property at 108 South St. in Boonville that is subject to a tax foreclosure, district Business Administrator Sharon Cihocki said in a Feb. 16 letter to county Commissioner of Finance Anthony Carvelli.

The property adjoins real estate owned by the school district, and would provide additional access to the district's facilities, said Cihocki's letter. The district would like to remove an unoccupied house on the site and create additional parking space, she said

• A proposed local law would authorize county corrections officers to live in Oneida County or any adjoining county, while another proposed local law would do so for county deputy sheriffs.

The proposals, which would revise requirements for those position holders to live in Oneida County, are aimed at helping to fill some vacancies and increase the pool of candidates especially for corrections officer vacancies at the county jail.