Official keeping position
GLOVERSVILLE – After five months of consideration, the Common Council decided Tuesday to officially reappoint Mobility Manager William Walrath and set his salary on the stipulation it would change when state funding no longer is available to cover the cost.
The city previously delayed appointing Walrath to another term as the head of the city’s transit system.
A city resident in November told officials that Walrath, a Northville resident, is holding a department head position without being a city resident and could be in violation of state and local law.
City Labor Attorney Bryan Goldberger’s legal opinion, presented in two letters to the Common Council, stated Walrath would be able to remain in his position because he lives in Fulton County.
Despite Walrath’s term running out at the end of 2013, he has continued to work in the transit position.
The council set Walrath’s salary at $53,560 from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014, according to meeting documents.
Walrath will continue to receive the MVP HMO Insurance Plan with a 25 percent annual contribution, according to meeting documents.
He will follow the personnel policy for employees who are not represented by city unions, with some exceptions.
One of the bigger exceptions is the policy for the mobility manager becomes null and void when the Jobs-Access and Reverse Commute money for this position’s salary no longer is received from the New York State Department of Transportation, a council resolution states.
Walrath previously said grant money provides $200,000 for operating assistance and $95,048 to pay for the mobility manager position for the third and fourth quarters of 2013 and all of 2014.
When those funds end, his salary and title will be set by approval of the Common Council, officials said.
After Tuesday’s council meeting, members of the council and Mayor Dayton King said where Walrath lives no longer is considered an issue and the city is moving forward.
“We have that grant money and that was a sticking point,” 6th Ward Councilman Wrandy Siarkowski said. “We decided this is the best way to move forward.”
Walrath declined to comment about his reappointment.