BDD administrator gets pay increase for 2020

LISBON – Josh Martin, assistant superintendent of the county Board of Developmental Disabilities, was given a pay increase at Wednesday’s board meeting.

The board also voted on projects for the upcoming year including a new phone system, HVAC upgrades and roof repairs for several of the buildings where services are rendered for clients.

The board approved a $2,600 raise for Martin, who is starting his third year since being promoted from the Medicaid services manager to the assistant superintendent position.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Martin had shown the board videos from recent newscasts of both WFMJ and WKBN – one highlighting a program to help middle school students learn what it is like to live with a disability and other showing the house where those young special needs children needing a residential facility are staying in Salem.

Additionally, the board approved a contract with A and I Architects to write the specifications for roof projects at four locations owned by the board – EDI-Central, EDI-South, the transportation facility and the building where the board offices is located. However, the Robert Bycroft School was not included because it recently had a roof project completed. The cost of the contract is $12,500.

Although a telephone system contract was granted last month, the board rescinded that contract after it was learned the proposal did not bid all the correct locations for telephone upgrades. Instead, the board approved a contract with ACY Communications for a new phone system at a price tag of $48,375.

The board also approved a contract with NDC Heating and Cooling for upgrades to the HVAC system at a price of $7,540.

Finally, the board approved a HIPPA compliance package through Eagle Consulting Group, at a price tag not to exceed $25,000. Superintendent Bill Devon said the package will make sure the CCBDD’s policies are HIPPA compliant and look at other things, such as emails and social media.

In other matters:

– The board approved hiring a new services and support administrator to lower the caseload of others in the department.

– The board also changed the position of behavior management specialist to a title of youth behavior specialist and moved Richard Fithian, a long-time employee, from one job to the other. The board also voted to eliminate the title of SSA/employment navigator and replace it with the job title of service and support administrator.

– The next meeting of the board will be held at 4 p.m., Feb. 19 at the Robert Bycroft School gymnasium instead of the regular board offices.