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Cattaraugus County lawmakers seek input on proposed laws

LITTLE VALLEY – Public input on a couple of newly proposed local laws will be sought by members of the Cattaraugus County Legislature at their Dec. 11 meeting. Three public hearings are on the agenda before any resolutions are heard.

A public hearing on pay increases for several department heads, as well as county leaders, has been scheduled. The proposed law calls for raises that would include an allocated portion of the annual 2 percent increase for 2012, with an additional 1 percent hike for 2013.

According to legislators, county officers who are receiving the increase were given these increases previously. When funding proved to be insufficient, the increases were then rescinded. The salary increases will result in the following biweekly paychecks:

• County attorney: $4,392

• County administrator: $3,774

• Director, Department of Nursing Homes: $3,715

• Public health director: $3,707

• Public defender: $3,597

• Human resources director: $3,147

• Information services director: $3,103

• Commissioner of Public Works: $3,064

• Director of community services: $2,944

• Director, economic development, planning and tourism: $2,901

• Real property director: $2,689

• Director of aging: $2,420

• Election commissioner (2): $2,120

As part of the law, a 3 percent increase will be added to the following positions, resulting in the salaries listed:

• County treasurer: $72,493

• County clerk: $72,601

• County coroner (4): $10,300

A second hearing will be conducted on changes being considered for private payment to the county-operated nursing homes at The Pines of Machias and Olean.

Rates for the nursing homes are proposed to increase from $225 at the Olean facility to $230 and $260 at the Machias facility to $265 per day of care. The rates have been in place since they took effect in January 2012.

The third public hearing will be held for rate increases at the Onoville Marina.

Public hearings will start at 3:01 p.m., in the Legislative Chambers of the County Building, Little Valley, 303 Court St.

In other news, members of the Legislature ratified a contract with CSEA Local Union 1000. Members of the unit will receive a 1 percent lump sum payment as a settlement for 2013. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, members of the unit will receive a half-percent wage increase.

The contract also establishes an employee wellness program and a small increase in the employee contribution to health insurance premiums.

The Legislature also voted to allocate $123,381 from casino revenue funds to give Management and Confidential employees a 2 percent wage increase, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013 for those who were in their positions prior to the start of the current year.

Other increases for department heads retroactively allocate a 2 percent increase for 2012 and 1 percent for 2013, as part of the casino revenue allocation. The following positions and biweekly pay are reflected in that resolution:

• Director of probation and correctional alternatives: $2,861

• Youth Bureau director: $2,259

• Director of Veterans Services: $1,996

• County historian: $527

• Museum curator: $527

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