Council may change pension rules Vesting period could be shortened

November 01, 1993

County Detention Center employees could become fully vested in their pension plan after five years under a bill the County Council is to consider tonight.

Those employees now must work at the center 15 years to qualify for 100 percent of their pension while most county employees are fully vested after only five years. The bill writes into law changes negotiated by county employee unions earlier this year.

According to county budget officials, the change will cost the county $46,994 annually and will increase the total value of benefits for employees by $477,364.

The bill also will grant "uniformed officer" status to the county's sheriff's deputies. This will allow deputies to collect their full salary if they are injured in the line of duty without being charged for disability leave.

Finally, the bill will allow county employees to use disability leave to care for a nondependent child or parent, up to a maximum of three days.

Other bills scheduled for public hearings tonight include:

* A bill proposed by Councilwoman Maureen Lamb that would permit advertising signs for planned commercial complexes. One sign would be permitted at each entrance to a complex of 600,000 square feet or more. The sign could measure no larger than 40 square feet and is limited to a maximum of 10 feet in height.

* A bill to assure that complaints filed against a member of the Board of Appeals remain confidential until four board members determine a violation of the county law has occurred. The board would then forward the complaint to the County Council, which would hold a public hearing.

The measure is one of a number of changes to board of appeals procedures that the board drafts annually and forwards to the council for approval.

The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in its chambers at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

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