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Genesee County Legislature grants pay raises of 2 to 13% for officials

BATAVIA – A law adopted by the Genesee County Legislature on Wednesday grants pay raises ranging from 2 to 13 percent for a group of county officials who have been elected or appointed for a fixed term.

Lawmakers, at their final meeting of the year, voted for the provision that sets salaries for the commissioner of social services, commissioner of elections, county treasurer, highway superintendent, county sheriff, real property director and human resources director.

Highway Superintendent Timothy J. Hens will earn $104,650 in 2016, a 13 percent increase over this year’s figure, and Human Resources Director Anita L. Cleveland will earn $69,418, a 12 percent increase.

Other positions, salaries and percentages of raises approved for 2016 are:

• Social Services Commissioner Eileen M. Kirkpatrick; $95,429; 9 percent.

• Elections Commissioners Lorie J. Longhany and Richard E. Siebert; $43,431; 10 percent.

• Treasurer Scott D. German; $91,704; 2 percent.

• Sheriff Gary T. Maha; $99.488; 3 percent.

• Real Property Director Kevin J. Andrews; $60,062; 2 percent.

The salary of District Attorney Lawrence Friedman, which is set by the state, also was included in the resolution. It will remain the same as last year at $152,500.

“The salaries were determined as a result of a comprehensive management salary analysis, taking into account duties of each position,” County Manager Jay A. Gsell said when asked about the varied pay increases. “Our highway superintendent, for example, also is responsible for the county airport, and the county parks, recreation and forestry divisions.”

The Legislature also approved the allocation of $484,152 in bed tax reserve funds for a feasibility study and concept development of a parcel of land and structure on Park Road in the Town of Batavia to relocate the county Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Promotion Agency and its associated Visitors Center. The current Chamber office has been on Main Street in the city for many years.

In October, the tourism agency purchased the property, which formerly housed Sports Plus Physical Therapy. Chamber President Thomas R. Turnbull said he hopes to move operations to the new location by the summer of next year.

In other action, lawmakers:

• Voted to participate in an $850 million statewide settlement with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that would pave the way for the Genesee County Nursing Home and county government to receive $374,000, paid out over a five-year period. The settlement would eliminate $211,000 worth of claims made by the county to the centers for reimbursement, and add an additional $163,000 into county coffers.

• Said farewell to Legislator Frank C. Ferrando Jr., 77, who represented two wards in the City of Batavia for the last four years. Ferrando, a retired school administrator, previously served as a city councilman for 10 years and as Chamber president.

“Frank, you will be remembered as a real gentleman,” Legislature Chairman Raymond F. Cianfrini said. “…You have been a tremendous credit to your district, the City of Batavia and the county.”