Recorder News Staff

FONDA — Montgomery County Legislators’ agreed to change the date of their committee meetings in an effort to reduce add on resolutions at the end of the month.

Legislative Chairman Roy Dimond said Tuesday that the budget workshop and presentations will be moved to the second week of the month and the committee meetings will be moved to the third week of each month.

“That accomplishes several things,” he said. “As far as timeliness for the resolutions in case there is any additional information needed.”

Dimond said the only downside of the change is the meeting minutes will now have to be approved the following month.

In other business, Legislators approved the establishment of a part-time clerk position in the Probation Department.

A total of $2,962.32 will be deducted from the contingency account to pay the employee for a three-month period. The department relocated to the new public safety building in September and an alternative filing system was purchased that was not compatible with the existing one. It was expected that the current probation staff would be able to convert over the new files, but due to the current workload they have not been able to do so.

Lucille Sitterly, probation director, said during the committee meeting that the position would be for 12 weeks at approximately $12 per hour.

Legislators also pulled a resolution that would have amended the 2017 operating budget to establish the position of an assistant deputy county clerk.

According to the resolution, the position is needed due to an increased workload in the department which is making it difficult to process work in a timely manner. The base salary would have been  $41,192.

District 9 Legislator Robert Purtell sponsored the resolution during the committee meeting but asked to pull his sponsor.

“I think it needs some more work,” he said.” I think we need to come back and have more discussions about it. There was some interest in getting more information to support it.”

Dimond said the resolution was pulled and will reappear at the next committee meeting for further discussion.

“In the meantime the county clerk will be providing us with some additional requested information,”he said.