Consultant Bouchard’s contract extended through end of Dec. 2018

JOHNSTOWN — Former longtime Fulton County Department of Solid Waste Director Jeffrey Bouchard — a county consultant the last three years — has a contract extension through the end of 2018.

The Board of Supervisors on Monday approved an extension with Gerhardt LLC through Dec. 31, 2018. The extension is for “management consultant services” provided by the firm and Bouchard to the county.

Retroactive to Sept. 1, Bouchard is being paid at the billable hourly rate of $85 with these limitations: 125 hours per month for the rest of 2017; and 100 hours per month for 2018.

Bouchard retired Aug. 31, 2014 after nearly 34 years of service to the county. That year, he was retained as a private landfill consultant and has been active in county landfill operations at Mud Road ever since.

Cindy Livingston has served as the Department of Solid Waste’s interim director the last couple years, working closely with Bouchard.

In other personnel action Monday, the board approved creating a planner position, and placing a “one dollar hold” on the senior planner position in the county Planning Department.

The board in 2015 had authorized creation of a civil engineer position in that department. By 2016, the position was reclassified to “senior planner” due to difficulty recruiting candidates. Planning Director James Mraz has been unable to recruit to either position. Monday’s resolution indicated Mraz now requests creation of a full-time “planner” position due to the senior planner position remaining vacant. The vacant senior planner position was placed in the budget at $1 for future consideration by the board.

Supervisors authorized a contract not to exceed $600 with Johnstown attorney Allen Day for an assisted out-treatment order. The order will be carried out effective immediately. County Community Services Director Ernest Gagnon requested Day to execute the order to avoid a conflict of interest for the office of County Attorney Jason Brott.

In his monthly report, board Chairman Mike Kinowski discussed the recent Site Selector Advisory Forum at the Holiday Inn. The event was sponsored by the county, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth and National Grid. It featured three national site selectors — Dennis Donovan, Jay Garner and Jim Renzas — who spent three days in the county and gave their impressions.

“It was well attended,” Kinowski said of the forum. “They were very enthusiastic about our community.”

He said a written report from Mraz on the site selectors’ visit is due at a later date.

By Patricia Older

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