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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Pay scale changes under plan

  • During Thursday's meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners, several agreements were discussed regarding Children and Youth Services (CYS) including one about pay scales.
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  • During Thursday's meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners, several agreements were discussed regarding Children and Youth Services (CYS) including one about pay scales.
    Andrea Whyte, Human Services Agency Director, talked about the Civil Service Plan relating to a change in payment scales.
    “We have to submit a plan for a reimbursement scale that sets the pay wages for each position,” she said. “There's only one change with our plan this year.”
    That change is for the starting salary of a caseworker I. Employees in that position used to be on a step D pay scale, but will now be on a step E pay scale, increasing their salary.
    “It's a difficult job emotionally and physically,” Whyte said. “It's complex. There's a high level of responsibility so the consequences of errors can be very high.”
    Whyte added the step change is meant to reflect that, as well as recruiting and maintaining staff.
    “We're not the only area facing these issues,” she stated. “The number of reports continue to increase.”
    She said the Civil Service has already agreed with the change, but CYS is still required to submit the plan for final approval.
    Other agreements
    The MATP allocation for 2014-15 is $513,341. This grant is for transporting people with the Access card for medical purposes.
    Whyte said the amount is based on their expenditure plan.
    “Since the service is entitlement, if our expenditure is exceeded we still get reimbursed,” she said.
    • A participation agreement was approved for the Child Welfare Education for Leadership (CWEL) Program for Stephanie Bryant and Kimberly Marcyoniak.
    Whyte said there's no cost to the county. The program is run on federal and state funds.
    “It gives them the opportunity to work on their master's then work a certain amount of years for us,” she stated.
    • Reilly Associates submitted a notice to proceed for the Keen's Bridge replacement project.
    It is part three of the engineering contract, which is the final design.
    Employees
    The resignation of Dannielle Hafler, a caseworker for CYS, was approved. It is effective Aug. 29.
    • The retirement of Susan Rooney, a court reporter, was approved. It is effective Oct. 24.
    • Hayley Miller was appointed to the CYS Youth Advisory Board, effective Sept. 1 to June 30, 2015. Miller will be a senior at Wallenpaupack Area High School this year.
    • Michael Farley was hired as a judicial law clerk, effective Aug. 21. The request was made by Judge Raymond Hamill.
    Page 2 of 2 - The salary was set at $10 an hour for 14 hours a week.

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