UCCF 7/20/17: Human Services Shakeup

We learned at the last freeholder meeting of a retirement:
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Which explained some of the reasons behind Ordinance 785-2017 calling for the following changes in the Union County Administrative Code:

A) Less power for the new Human Services Director as the current Code (page 57) reading:

The Director of Human Services shall be the head of the Department and shall be responsible to the County Manager for its operation. The office staff of the Director shall include, but not be limited to, the Office of Paratransit, the George W. Herlich Juvenile Detention Center, the Office of Employment Services and Training, the Cornerstone Behavioral Health Hospital of Union County and the Union County Office on Women.

was amended to read:

The Director of Human Services shall be the head of the Department and shall be responsible to the County Manager for its operation. The office staff of the Director shall include, but not be limited to, the Office of Paratransit, One Stop American Jobs Center, and the Union County Office on Women.

B) Cornerstone Behavioral Health Hospital (formerly Runnells) nursing head change as the current Code (page 61) reading:

(2) Bureau head. The Director of Nursing of the Bureau of Nursing Services shall be the head of the Bureau and shall be responsible to the Administrator for its operation.
……..(a) The Head of the Bureau of Nursing shall be responsible to carry out those functions of the Bureau of Nursing as assigned by the Director of the Bureau of Nursing and the Administrator.

was amended to read:

(2) Bureau head. The Assistant Administrator/Nurse executive shall be the head of the Bureau and shall be responsible to the Administrator for its operation.
…….(a) The Head Nurse of the Bureau of Nursing shall be responsible to carry out those functions of the Bureau of Nursing as assigned by the Director of the Bureau of Nursing and the Administrator.

C) Department of Corrections takes over running the Juvenile Detention Center as the current Code (page 80) listing this DOC purpose:

(3) Operating and maintaining the County jail in a safe, efficient, sanitary and humane manner.

was amended to read:

(3) Operating and maintaining the Orischello Corrections Facility (Union County jail) and the George W. Herlich Juvenile Detention Center in a safe, efficient, sanitary and humane manner.

with this section added:

1-120. George W. Herlich Juvenile Detention Center.
The Superintendent of the Juvenile Detention Center shall be the head of this facility and shall be responsible to the Director of Corrections for its operation. Under the authority of the Director of Corrections and direction of the superintendent, the Juvenile Detention Center’s functions and responsibilities shall include:
……..(1) Providing for the temporary care (detention), in a physically restricting facility, of juveniles awaiting court disposition, in accordance with state law and rules and regulations appertaining thereto.

D) Department of Economic Development moved around responsibility for Housing and Veteran’s Affairs as the current Code (page 105)reading:

C. The Department of Economic Development shall consist of the following:
…………(1). Workforce Investment Board
…………(2). Division of Strategic Planning and Intergovernmental Relations
…………(3).Division of Information Technology
D. The Department of Economic Development shall also have the following Bureaus which shall report to the Deputy Director of the Department of Economic Development:
…………(1). Bureau of Community Development
…………(2). Bureau of Housing

was amended to read:

C. The Department of Economic Development shall consist of the following:
…………(1). Workforce Investment Board
…………(2). Division of Strategic Planning and Intergovernmental Relations
…………(3).Division of Community Services
D. The Department of Economic Development shall also have the Bureau of Information Technology which shall report to the Deputy Director of the Department of Economic Development.

In addition this function was removed (page 107):

4. Assisting the County Manager in the preparation of County capital budget and capital improvement programs.

And the Division of Community Services had these duties added (page 108):

7. Preparing, facilitating and disseminating matters by federal and state government with reference to housing.
8. Performing all functions related to implementing a housing program, as required by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 and all amendments thereto.
9. Providing technical assistance to various agencies and municipalities in preparing applications for housing programs.
10. Conducting and annually updating housing conditions analysis to determine Union County’s housing needs.
11. Maintaining close liaison with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
12. All aspects of Veteran’s Affairs.

E) New fees for compost as this section was added (page 165):

49-10: Fees Charged for sale of Compost.
Purchasing of Raw Material (Compost) is ope to Bulk Material Distributors, Municipalities, Counties or State Governments for pickup only. Delivery of material will not be provided. Vehicles must be a minimum capacity of 20 cubic yards or larger. Any smaller vehicles must be approved through the Department of Engineering, Public Works and Facilities Management, Department of Public Works. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders shall annually adopt a fee schedule for the sale of compost. The Clerk of the Board shall publish the required notice in the appropriate newspaper of such introduction and public hearing for the Schedule of Fees. A copy of the currently effective Schedule of Fees is on file in the Clerk of the Board’s office and is available for examination during office hours.

F) Addition to Smoking Policy definition of smoking (page 233):

For purposes of this policy, “vaping” refers to the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems or electronic smoking devices. These are commonly called e-cigarettes, e-pipes, e-hookahs and e-cigars.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by skanywoman on July 25, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Goodbye Guzzo ….no informed taxpayer is going to miss you ,,, another inept, underqualified political appointment will replace you costing overtaxed taxpayers more money.

    Reply

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