Senior center director hired in city

Johnstown Councilman Craig Talarico stands to read a resolution at the Johnstown Common Council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Tuesday hired a new executive director for the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center, and her predecessor who will assist her a few months.

Diedrie Roemer was appointed to the position of provisional executive director of the East Main Street center. Her appointment is retroactive to Jan. 22, and she will be paid an annual starting salary of $43,829.

Roemer replaces longtime, former center Executive Director Michelle Jones, who retired at the end of 2018.

But Jones’ relationship with the center is not done yet. The council voted Tuesday at City Hall to have the city enter into a senior center independent contractor agreement with her to “provide temporary assistance to the new director.”

The resolution passed by the council indicated that at the time of Roemer’s appointment, it was understood Jones “agreed to assist and train the incoming director with the daily operations and functions of the center.”

Jones’ agreement with the city was retroactive to Jan. 17, and it runs through April 16. She will be compensated at a rate of $25 per hour, as per her agreement with the city. No additional compensation or any other benefits will accrue with the position.

In other regular council action:

∫ The council entered into two separate agreements with Albany-based Red Hawk Fire & Security Co. The five-year deals are retroactive to Jan. 1 and run through Dec. 31, 2022.

The first was a five-year inspection and service agreement to do fire alarm inspections, cleaning and documentation services for City Hall at a yearly cost of $850. The second agreement with Red Hawk Fire & Security Co. is for fire alarm inspections, cleaning and documentation services for the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center at a yearly cost of $630.

∫ The council approved a 2018 budget transfer, for which no figures were made public. Amendments were made to adjust the budget related to a city police car damaged in an accident.

“We got the check from the insurance for our police car,” Mayor Vern Jackson said.

∫ Jackson appointed these persons to the city’s Examining Board of Plumbers: Bruce Heberer, chief building inspector; Christopher Vose, city engineer; David Hoover and Richard Palsgraf. They are receiving three-year appointments retroactive to Jan. 1, and expiring Dec. 31, 2020.

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

By Kerry Minor

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