FMCC contract approval sought

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday will consider finalizing a new contract with Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s faculty union.

The board meets at 1 p.m. at the County Office Building and will mull approval of a collective bargaining agreement with the Fulmont Association of College Educators, or FACE. It would be the last approval needed to ratify the agreement.

“I think the college and Montgomery County have already [approved] it,” Perth Supervisor Greg Fagan, vice chairman of the Finance Committee, said Friday.

The new contract has already been approved by the FMCC Board of Trustees. The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors passed the new union contract March 26.

Fagan declined to give details of the new contract, only to confirm it was a four-year deal.

When Montgomery County supervisors approved the deal, they didn’t release details. That resolution only stated the contract is retroactive to Sept, 1, 2012 and is in effect through Aug. 31, 2016.

The last FACE contract was approved February 2011 and expired in August, 31, 2012. It carried 1.5 percent salary increase for college faculty members during the two years.

Supervisors also will conduct a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. on a proposed local law to give commercial property owners a tax break if they convert buildings to mixed residential and commercial use. The board will consider passage of the law later in the meeting.

Under the plan, the county would provide 12 years of tax incentives to county property owners who convert existing commercial buildings to mixed-use buildings with both business and residential space.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].

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