Board looks to clean up employee handbook

The Camillus town board is already looking ahead to the end of next year. That's when three important contracts--the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), Civil Service Employee Association (CSEA) and the Camillus Clerical Union--are due to expire.

The board has begun the process of clearing up some potential confusion, and two topics that were on the Dec. 11 agenda dealt with the employee handbook. The approval of the contracts by these unions is also contingent on approval of the handbooks.

The board voted to change a measure under "Education Allowance" to include full-time elected officials. All employees and full-time officials had been being reimbursed for college credit courses, but it wasn't stated in the handbook. A section under "Conduct and Discipline" was also changed to state that no one other than town employees could operate town vehicles. Again, another rule that was enforced but not documented.

"These are definitely pre-emptive measures," said Second Ward Councilor and Deputy Supervisor Kathryn MacRae. "I had a discussion with Mary Ann Coogan and we decided that we don't want to be ironing out small details next year when the contracts are being negotiated."

The three major unions in the town operate under the same handbook. Specifics and amendments to the book are worked out in each individual contract according to MacRae. All three contracts are negotiated at the same time, "so we can look at the entire picture," MacRae said.

In other news:

- The board rescheduled a public hearing that was postponed in November to Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Camillus Municipal Building. The hearing will consider the establishment of the Fox Chase sewer district.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 8 at the Camillus Municipal Building.

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