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THE THURSDAY EDITION
AUGUST 4, 1977
VOL. 88 NO. 82
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Three city commissioners —
Jim Childers, Corbet Nicholson
and Humes Houston — strongly
deny commissioner interference
in the operation of the Kings
Mountain Police Department.
Chief of Police Earl Lloyd
resigned because of what he
termed commissioner in-
terference and lack of money.
All three defended the city’s
new pay raise scaie and charged
Hourly wages of city employes, including a ‘‘one time
adjustment’ and excluding an increment five percent pay
raise beginning with the first pay check in September, are
-- Part-time recreation employe, $2.80.
-— Part-time recreation employe, $2.41.
~Recreation general assistant, $2.66.
- Laborer, $2.79.
-—Truck oparator, $2.04.
—Sweeper Operator, $2.94.
—Container operator, $2.04.
-Meter reader, $2.94.
— Water-sewer pumping station maintenance operator,
—Waste water trainee, $8.08.
—Water treatment trainee, $8.08.
—General service mechanic, $8.24.
- Sanitation equipment operator, $3.24.
-— Waster Water Lab. Tech., $3.24.
-— Waster Water Operator, $8.24.
— Custodian police building, $8.40.
-Labor Supervisor, $3.40.
— Water plant operator, $8.40.
-—Gas department laborer, $3.40.
—~Groundman-driver for electrical department, $8.40.
— Patrolman, $8.67.
-— Equipment operator, $8.57.
—Waster water operator, $3.57.
—~Water treatment operator, $3.57.
—Secretary public works, $8.57.
—General department carpenter, $3.76.
—Water treatment operator, $8.76.
—Eng. codes secretary, $8.76.
—Adm. clerk, $8.98.
—Dog Warden, $4.18.
— Auto Mechanic, $4.18.
—Water-sewer maintenance labor supervisor, $4.18.
—Equipment operator, $4.18.
— Administration clerk, $4.88.
—Recreation supervisor, $4.40.
—Meter reader, $4.40.
—~Gas department foreman, $4.55.
— Administration executive secretary, $4.78.
—Garage supervisor and mechanic, $4.78.
~Service and meter reading foreman, $4.78.
—Power line foreman, $4.78.
—Assistant tax collector and treasurer, $56.27.
—Police Sgt. Patrolman, $5.27.
—Police detective sergeant, $5.27.
—Labor Supervisor, $5.68.
—Fire Chief, $56.81.
—Water-sewer maintenance supervisor, $6.81.
—~Water and Waste treatment plant supervisor, $5.81.
—Recreation director, $5.91.
—Brick mason, $6.00
~Cemetery superintendent, $6.14.
—Assistant chief of police, $6.16.
~Chief of Police, $8.81.
~Electrical department superintendent, $6.42.
—~Master brick mason, $6.42,
—Tax collector-treasurer. $7.64.
~City engineer-codes, $8.36.
Assistant superintendent of public works, $8.41.
~Superintendent of public works, $10.82.
CITY PAY SCALE
that the Chief had not asked for
more money for himself and that
it was his responsibility as
department head to alert the
board of promotion in his
department that merited hike in
“Chief Lloyd has never ap-
proached me about a raise,
either for himself or for any of
the policemen. I haven't missed
a board meeting and the Chief
has never appeared before the
full board for more money, for
himself or for Ptl. Camp.
“The Chief is always telling
we're interferring and I believe
the board should interfere
because he overspent his budget
over $60,000 last year.
“We turned down his (the
Chief's) request for the LEAA
grant because we learned after a
study of the contract that this
was a continuing grant with the
city responsible for funding after
the first year of the program.”
Said Comm. Houston, ‘‘As
committee chairman of the
personnel committee we did not
get an official request for salary
increase for the Chief. It was
after the budget ves approved
that we received on July 22 a
memorandum from Chief Lloyd
that three of his men had
qualified for raises by July 1. In
the case of Ptl. Camp, the board
was not notified that he was
eligible for advancement in pay.
Nor were we notified that the
Pilot Creek Waste operator had
qualified for reclassification
which would have earned for him
a pay raise with his first pay
check Sept. 1. It was up to their
department heads to let us
Comm. Houston said he felt
that city employes have had the
best opportunity they've had in
recent years to advance in their
jobs in the new wage scale
adopted recently. He called the
plan fair and equitable and said
he thought "this whole thing has
been blown out of proportion.”
The incentive pay raise program
is scheduled to run for six years
with five percent pay increases
each of those year. Houston
termed the program ‘‘the best
we've ever had for city employes
and will work if we all give it a
Childers also strongly de-
fended the city's new pay raise
scale which was approved July
1st and will give all city em-
ployes a five percent pay raise in
increments of six year period
beginning with their first checks
in September. City employes
have already received a ‘‘wage
adjustment’’ and the chart, on
this page, shows the wages by
hour that city employes are now
paid, including the slight wage
adjustment. The raise comes in
September, says Childers.
Two weeks ago a Pllot Creek
Waste plant operator resigned.
Last Thursday the chief of
police and his secretary quit.
The Mirror-Herald has also
learned that another city patrol-
man has made application with a
Gaston County law enforcement
office for a job. He will be
making more money, he said.
Roy Pearson, city recreation
director, is still on the job. He
denied Tuesday a rumor that he
was considering resigning.
Monday night a week ago the
commission voted to deny the
chief's application for an in-
service grant from the Law
Enforcement Assistance Agency
Comm. Childers told the
Mirror-Herald he wanted to
clarify several things ‘‘for the
record.” about the grant.
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City Ptl. James Camp con-
firmed Tuesday that he has
retained Mickey Corry, local
attorney-at-law, to represent
him in a civil suit, ‘if neces-
sary,” to “get my rights and
what's coming to me.” from the
The Kings Mountain Police
Officer, who joined KMPD one
year and one month ago, says he
is the only policeman of 22 ‘‘left
out of those receiving pay
raises’’ in the now-controversial
pay raise scale adopted July 1 by
the city board of commissioners.
“I don't understand it,” said
Camp. “I'm full-fledged
patrolman, there have been no
kickbacks on my work, I've kept
my nose clean and my kids have
to eat too.”
Corry, said that he and Ptl.
Camp will confer with one other
person, whom he declined to
name, on Friday to ‘‘decide what
steps to take next in the matter.”
If the suit isn’t actually filed,
said Corry, ‘‘there are some
things we hope to achieve.’
The attorney said that atten-
tion to the matter had been
brought to the City's personnel
committee by Chief of Police
Earl Lloyd who said that ‘‘in the
new budget the commissioners
completely ignored a raise for
Officer Camp, who has been with
the city for over a year.’ ‘‘At the
same time,” another officer who
has served less time on duty than
Camp, was given a raise. Camp
said that two other patrolmen,
one a lake officer who came to
the city after he joined the force,
are ‘‘making more money than I
Ptl. Camp was hired at $140
per week and has been raised
one time, to $164, his present
The policeman said he is not
“kicking about the one week
vacation time granted officers in
the new pay scale plan because
all the officers were treated
alike.” Attorney Corry declared
that the commissioners ‘‘taking
away the two weeks of vacation
time already granted officers
under fringe benefits under OEO
laws is an illegal act’ and, ac-
cording to the lawyer, ‘‘this mat-
ter could really balloon into
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NUMBER PLEASE! — After a long drought, the rains finally
came down Tuesday and immediately telephone lines in the area
began going on the blink. Jim Christenbury, a Southern Bell
lineman in Kings Mountain, donned his raincoat and hard hat and
went to the rescue. He didn’t mind the rain at all. In fact, he said
he was glad to see it.
To Get Estimates
Larry Billings, the city’s new
director of business development
Tuesday was given approval by
50 property owners, store
managers and businessmen in
the Central Business District to
proceed on cost estimates for
refurbishing their properties in
downtown Kings Mountain.
The motion was made by Jo-
seph R. Smith, seconded by Bill
Mayor John Moss suggested
that the group investigate the
possibility of reactivating in the
city a Business Development
Corporation to give impetus in
the form of cash and muscle to
Mr. Billings is to bring cost
estimates on improvements for
the group as a whole and for in-
He said individual drawings
for each building would be
needed but businessmen ex-
pressed themselves as pleased
with the drawings exhibited at
Tuesday's night's dutch dinner
meeting at Kings Mountain Inn.
It was the local group's first
chance to become acquainted
with the duties of the young man
who recently joined the city staff
from Winston Salem. Mr.
Billings comes to his new job, ex-
cited about the potential for
Kings Mountain, which he
labeled the ‘hub of the Filed:
He said he hoped to have ‘‘a
couple good announcements,’’ in
the next few weeks about new
businesses which will be loce ting
in downtown Kings Mountain.
To a question on a timetable
for completion of the face-lifting,
Mr. Billings said that ‘‘you’ve
got to move quickly or there will
be more dwindling of existing
buildings and I would anticipate
you'd all move together in this
He suggested that Winter
Park, Fla., a town which also has
arailroad down the center of the
downtown area, could show local
merchants ideas on improve-
ments, suggesting shrubbery
and camouflauge existing
rallway with old-timey railroad
waiting stations to enhance the
decor of downtown. He
suggested that ‘‘backs of store
buildings'’ need badly to be
renovated to encourage shop-
pers, adding to the appearance.
Lewis Dellinger, who has
recently constructed a beautiful
new jewelry business, suggested
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