Town of Agawam, MA
Hampden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Agawam 12-21-1972 as §§ 2-14 and 2-15 and Ch. 14 of the Code of the Town of Agawam; amended in its entirety 10-5-1998 by TOR-98-7. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Attachment 1 - Exhibit A

§ 49-1 Budgetary limitations.

Nothing contained in this chapter shall operate or be construed to authorize or permit any department head, officer, official or employee of the town to incur any obligation or to make any expenditure in excess of any duly made appropriation or for which no appropriation has been made, nor shall this chapter operate or be construed to impose any liability upon the town for any obligation or debt incurred in excess of any duly made appropriation or in the absence of such appropriation.

§ 49-2 Personnel Department; Personnel Officer.

There is hereby established in the town a Personnel Department which shall be headed by a Personnel Officer appointed by the Mayor. The duties and responsibilities of the Personnel Officer shall be set forth in the current job description for the position.

§ 49-3 Indemnification of employees.

The Town of Agawam shall indemnify public employees to the extent and subject to the limitations imposed by MGL, c. 258, § 9, as amended from time to time.

§ 49-4 Seeking of elective office.

No employee of the Town of Agawam or the Agawam Public Schools shall serve in any publicly elected municipal office in the Town of Agawam.

§ 49-5 Request for classification adjustment.

Any employee shall have the right to request a change in the classification of his/her position. The employee shall make his/her request initially through his/her department head, who shall submit a recommendation to the Personnel Officer which is consistent with the classification plan. The matter shall then be submitted to the Mayor for such action as the Mayor may deem appropriate.

§ 49-6 Advancement within a compensation schedule.

For the purpose of determining when step rate increases shall be payable, an employee's service shall be considered to begin on his/her anniversary date, which shall be the first day of January, April, July or October, whichever is the earliest following the date his/her employment in the position began. Upon satisfactory completion of each year of service following his/her anniversary date, the employee's compensation may be increased to the next higher step in the applicable class grade until the maximum rate for his/her position has been reached, upon the recommendation of the department head and the approval of the Mayor.

§ 49-7 Classification of nonbargaining unit employees.

The following positions are not within any of the certified collective bargaining units in the Town of Agawam.
A. 
Full-time administrative positions (salary calculated per year):
(1) 
Positions enumerated:
Auditor*
Executive Assistant to the Mayor*
Mayor*
Personnel Officer
(*Indicates department head classification.)
(2) 
Full-time administrative positions shall have the same hours of work and shall receive the some vacation leave, holidays, sick leave, bereavement leave, incentive leave and longevity that are specified in the current collective bargaining agreement by and between the Town of Agawam and the Agawam Administrative Union. The Accountant/Auditor shall receive an annual salary in the amount of $70,000 and shall receive a percentage increase in base pay in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement that the Town currently has and that will be negotiated with the Agawam Administrative Union; and the Executive Assistant to the Mayor and the Personnel Officer shall be compensated at the Tier 3 salary schedule as specified in the current collective bargaining agreement by and between the Town of Agawam and the Agawam Administrative Union. The Mayor shall receive an annual salary of $85,000 (effective first Monday, in January, 2008).
[Amended 6-21-1999 by TOR-99-3; 1-18-2005 by TOR-2004-18; 11-20-2006 by TOR-2006-14; 3-19-2007 by TOR-2007-2]
B. 
Legislative positions (salary calculated per year):
(1) 
Meeting coverage in the absence of the Administrative Assistant to the Council. In the discretion of the Council President, meeting coverage for absences of the Administrative Assistant to the Council may be filled by a member of the Council or by an existing clerical employee of the Town. If the absence is covered by an existing clerical employee of the Town, that employee shall be compensated in accordance with the current collective bargaining agreement by and between the Town of Agawam and the Clerical Union.
[Amended 9-7-2004 by TOR-2004-9; 6-18-2007 by TOR-2007-3; 5-20-2013 by TOR-2013-2[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance stated that it would take effect 7-1-2013.
(2) 
Councilor: $10,000 per year (effective with commencement of term beginning January 2008).
[Amended 6-21-1999 by TOR-99-3; 3-19-2007 by TOR-2007-2]
(3) 
Council President: $12,000 per year (effective with commencement of term beginning January 2008).
[Amended 6-21-1999 by TOR-99-3; 3-19-2007 by TOR-2007-2]
(4) 
School Committee: $5,000 per year (effective with commencement of term beginning January 2008).
[Added 3-19-2007 by TOR-2007-2]
C. 
Part-time positions (salary calculated per year):
(1) 
Appraiser: $10,000 to $12,500 per year.
[Amended 1-18-2000 by TOR-99-9; 9-20-2000 by TOR-2000-9; 9-17-2001 by TOR-2001-3]
(2) 
Associate Solicitor: $13,000 per year.
(3) 
Board of Appeals Chairperson: $1,000 per year.
[Amended 9-20-2000 by TOR-2000-9]
(4) 
Board of Appeals Clerk: $800 per year.
[Amended 9-20-2000 by TOR-2000-9]
(5) 
Board of Appeals member: $200 per year.
(6) 
Registrar of Voters: $750 per year.
(7) 
Solicitor: $28,500 per year.
(8) 
Board of Appeals Vice Chairperson: $600 per year.
[Added 9-20-2000 by TOR-2000-9]
(9) 
Board of Appeals Alternate: $300 per year.
[Added 9-20-2000 by TOR-2000-9]
(10) 
City Council camera and audio personnel: $549.45 per year.
[Added 10-5-2006 by TOR-2006-8]
(11) 
One part-time Community Preservation Act Clerk: The CPA Clerk shall be compensated as an Administrative Assistant at the C2 salary schedule as specified in the current collective bargaining agreement by and between the Town of Agawam and the Agawam Clerical Employees Association Union.
[Added 6-3-2013 by TOR-2013-4]
D. 
Part-time positions (pay calculated per hour):
(1) 
Positions enumerated.
[Amended 10-1-2007 by TOR-2007-7; 5-20-2013 by TOR-2013-2; 10-5-2015 by TOR-2015-8]
Administrative Assistant to the Council
Assistant Swim Coach
Assistant Teacher (nursery school)
Ballot Counter
Basketball Official
Call Firefighter
Call Fire Lieutenant
Call Senior Fire Lieutenant
Camp Counselor
Camp Director
Camp Nurse
Camp Specialist
Census Worker
Clubhouse Attendant
Constable
Custodian, Council on Aging
Deputy Precinct Clerk
Deputy Precinct Warden
Head Teacher/Director (nursery school)
Laborer, Seasonal
Lifeguard
Maintenance Crew Leader, Seasonal
Meals on Wheels Driver
Nurse, Substitute
Pool Director
Precinct Clerk
Precinct Warden
Public Access Studio Manager
Recreation Program Supervisor
Swim Coach
Teacher (nursery school)
Voting Machine Set-Up Person
*The Administrative Assistant to the Council shall receive an annual salary of $42,833 and shall receive the same cost of living increases afforded members of the Agawam Administrative Union as contained in the collective bargaining agreement by and between the Town of Agawam and the Agawam Administrative Union. The Administrative Assistant to the Council shall receive the same vacation leave, holidays, sick leave, bereavement leave, incentive leave and longevity as are specified in the current collective bargaining agreement by and between the Town of Agawam and the Agawam Administrative Union.
(2) 
A listing of the current hourly pay scales for the Subsection D(1) part-time nonbargaining unit positions can be found on file in the Town Clerk's office.
(3) 
The Agawam Town Council herein sets the current hourly pay scales for the part-time nonbargaining unit positions which are contained on Exhibit A. A copy of Exhibit A can be found on file in the Town Clerk's office. [2]
[Amended 1-18-2000 by TOR-99-9]
[2]
Editor's Note: Exhibit A is also included at the end of this chapter.

§ 49-8 Retired employee health insurance.

[Added 4-5-2004 by TOR-2004-1]
Eligible retirees and/or their surviving spouses who are not covered by health/dental insurance at the time of their retirement from employment with the Town of Agawam, shall be eligible to enroll or reinstate health/dental insurance coverage with the Town of Agawam group plans during any health/dental insurance open enrollment period or in the case of a qualifying life event, provided the retiree, and/or their surviving spouse, provides the Town of Agawam medical evidence of insurability.