Tuesday, October 26, 2010

PS/MFP Committee Meeting on October 25th

The Public Safety (PS) Committee, chaired by Phil Andrews, and the Management and Fiscal Policy (MFP) Committee, chaired by Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg, met on Monday, October 25th at 9:30 am. The PS/MFP Committees discussed the following agenda items:

1) Supplemental appropriation – Office of the County Executive - $21,616,000 for the Public Safety System Modernization (continued)

2) Special Pay in IAFF collective bargaining agreement

3) Bill 45-10, Personnel – Disability Retirement – Eligibility – Total and Partial Incapacity

Public Safety System Modernization

The committees voted to purchase 4,389 APX 7000 radios assuming a 10% price reduction from the proposed average price. There will be a FY11 purchase of $20,936. This action is recommended without regard to whether or not the ambulance fee is passed on November 2nd.

Special Pay

The committees voted against special pay provisions to Advanced Life Support (ALS) providers. However, the committee members indicated an interest in information on providing bonuses for the recruitment of ALS providers.

Bill 45-10

The committees decided to allow more time for the staff of the Executive Branch and representatives from the unions to present an agreed upon come plan regarding a two-tiered disability retirement system. This plan would be reported back to the committees so that they could make their final determination of this topic.

Please contact Laurie Mintzer Edberg, Director of Management and Fiscal Policy, at 240-777-7948 (direct dial) or laurie.edberg@montgomerycountymd.gov with any questions regarding this PS/MFP session.

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