More sympathetic to Leahy’s rationale for flex time were Reps. Katherine Stuligross, D-Oneonta, and Rich Murphy, D-town of Oneonta. Both said they were willing to allow a six-month trial run for flex time. But the three Republicans were in unison in rejecting the idea.
On another front, the administration committee heard a pitch from Kevin Ritton, the county’s director of emergency services, to enhance security at the Meadows office complex by installing a walk-through metal detector in which all visitors would be screened.
Currently, a security worker checks visitors with a metal-detecting wand, but only if they indicate they are headed to certain offices in the building, Ritton said.
Ritton said he was concerned about the safety of county workers in the building because on occasion “disgruntled” people have wandered into offices where they have no business.
Said Schwerd: “If we can do this without additional cost, I think it’s a great idea.”
Committee members suggested he discuss the idea with the acting social services commissioner, Eve Bouboulis, to further refine the plan.