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The Kings Mountain herald. (Kings Mountain, N.C.) 18??-1974, August 04, 1977, Image 1

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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 listed below. -- Part-time recreation employe, $2.80. -— Part-time recreation employe, $2.41. -Trainee, $2.54. ~Recreation general assistant, $2.66. - Laborer, $2.79. -—Truck oparator, $2.04. —Sweeper Operator, $2.94. —Container operator, $2.04. -Meter reader, $2.94. —Secretary, $8.08. — Water-sewer pumping station maintenance operator, $8.08. —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. custodian, $8.57. — 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. —Patrolman, $8.68. —Fireman, $3.98. —Dog Warden, $4.18. — Auto Mechanic, $4.18. —Patrolman, $4.18. —Fireman, $4.18. —Water-sewer maintenance labor supervisor, $4.18. —Equipment operator, $4.18. —Lineman, $4.18. — Administration clerk, $4.88. —Patrolman, $4.88. ~Lineman, $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. —~Administration-mayor, $8.66. ~Superintendent of public works, $10.82. CITY PAY SCALE J 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 salaries. Said Nicholson: “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 know." 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 chance! 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 (LEAA). Comm. Childers told the Mirror-Herald he wanted to clarify several things ‘‘for the record.” about the grant. (Turn To Page 8A) wh Officer Retains Attorney 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 city. 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 am.” 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 something else." (Turn To Page 8A) 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. Property Owners 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 H. Brown. 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 the program. Mr. Billings is to bring cost estimates on improvements for the group as a whole and for in- dividual businesses. 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: mont.’ 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 project.” 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 (Turn To Page 8A)

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