Term request to go hefore Council
City Manager Chuck Nance said
this week that the city's current
budget has been underspent by
over $1 million but he remains
"cautiously optimistic" pending
payment of several emergency ex-
penditures before the end of the
Nance credited frugal spending
‘by department heads as the main
reason for the good news he shared
in a memorandum to City Council
"This amount will be subject to
change on a monthly basis depend-
ing on what is expended during the
remainder of the year," he said.
Revenues in the general fund are
3 percent under budget mainly due
to the fact that the gas fund was
unable to make the transfers during
the fist eight months of the fiscal
year, he said. Actual revenues over
expenditures are $164,858.
Revenues in the water/sewer
fund are 2.3 percent over budget at
this time. Actual revenues over ex-
penditures are $200,545.
Gas fund revenues are 8 percent
under budget. The cash balance in
the gas fund has been insufficient
to make the $400,000 transfer for
Frugal spending’ improves budget picture]
the first eight months of the fiscal
year. The gas fund also owes the
water/sewer fund $361, 323 which
was due June 30, 1994 when the
gas fund had to borrow this amount
from the water/sewer fund to have
a zero cash balance.
Actual revenues over expendi-
tures in the landfill fund are
"We hope this trend will contin-
ue, however we know of several
emergency expenditures which
have to be made before the end of
See Budget, 12-A
The extension of the Kings
Mountain Hospital's management
contract with Carolinas Medical
Center is on the agenda for
Tuesday's meeting of the executive
committee at 5:15 p.m. and the full
board of directors at 7:15 p.m.
Hank Neal, administrator of the
hospital, said that both groups are
pledged to provide continuity of
care for patients.
Neal said the hospital is com-
pleting negotiations with two
Canadian family practitioners who
are expected this summer, one of
whom has signed a contract, and
with a woman internist who is
looking at a residence in the area.
In addition two more doctors are
expected for interviews, one on
Thursday and one next month.
Neal said the two additional doc-
tors could be coming next spring.
Carolinas Health Care Network,
which will hire the two new doc-
tors, will manage their two offices
in Professional Park formerly oc-
cupied by Dr. Scott Mayse and Dr.
Neal said that Dr. Sam
Robinson, longtime Kings
Mountain surgeon, will occupy an
office in the Outpatient wing of
the Kings Mountain Hospital be-
ginning April 3. She said his pa-
tients can contact him using his
current office telephone number.
Robinson recently vacated his
former office on West King Street.
The former Hugh Ormand resi-
dence was renovated to a two-of-
fice clinic for the medical practice
of Dr. Robinson and his daughter,
Dr. Cindy Robinson, both sur-
geons. Dr. Deepak Gelot bought
the building recently from Dr.
Mayse and will open Carolina
Family Care, a family practice, in
Nursing homes such as Kings
Mountain's White Oak Manor op-
erate under stringent rules and reg-
ulations and require a state certifi-
cate of need before they can be
"If you've got the money, are an
adult and are able to meet a series
of minimal requirements it's likely
you could open a rest home in
North Carolina but not a nursing
home," says Jane Alexander, ad-
ministrator of Kings Mountain's
nursing home across from the
Kings Mountain Hospital.
The story of the death of Ellie
Wall and the state closing of a
Shelby rest home prompted
Alexander's comparison of rest
home and nursing homes.
An uproar about Wall's death
outside Whispering Pines Rest
Home has prompted Rep. Debbie
Clary, R-Shelby, to begin drafting
rest home legislation that calls for
City Commissioner Jim Guyton,
Spears and Director of Water/Wastewater Walt Ollis,
Kings Mountain City Council
Tuesday will probably set the date
of June 20 for a special election on
shortening terms of Council from
four to two years.
Tuesday the Cleveland County
Board of Elections verified that the
433 names on a petition calling for
the election are registered voters
and represent more than 10 percent
of Kings Mountain's registered vot-
er population of 4,213.
For the past six weeks retired
city planning director Gene White
has led the petition effort. He said
he paid for expenses of advertis-
ing, materials and special mailings
from his pocket.
"I feel real good about this, giv-
en the severe time frame we need
seated, and Utility Director Jimmy Maney, Commissioner Dean
left to right, look over plans for a proposed subdivi-
sion on US 74 West. Piedmont Housing of Lincolnton is requesting city water and sewer line extension to
serve the 100 lots for manufactured housing.
Water, sewer request going to Council
A request from Piedmont
Housing of Lincolnton for city wa-
ter and sewer line extensions to
serve 100-lot Kings Point subdivi-
sion outside the city's one mile ju-
risdiction will be on the agenda
for Tuesday night's City Council
meeting at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Walt Ollis, Director of
Water/Wastewater for the City of
Kings Mountain, met with the
county's technical review commit-
tee Tuesday afternoon which clari-
fied the county's lot size ordinances
but indicated it would work with
the developers. ~~
If the city approves running wa-
ter and sewer to serve the manufac-
tured housing units, the developer
would pay the outside rate for in-
stallation and also the outside rate
for water and sewer consumption.
"It looks real good but this is
outside the city limits and there's
no way we could satellite annex,"
"Remember we put one develop-
er's housing project on hold be-
cause the city didn't have the mon-
ey," said Utility Commission
chairman Jim Guyton Monday
night when the question of provid-
ing the utilities surfaced.
"This firm is paying all the
costs," said Ollis.
Ollis said that the builder would
have to cut the size of his lots to
comply with building codes but he
is not planning to seek satellite an-
"I can't vote for satellite annexa-
tion and if we approved it what
would we do about other trailer
parks?" asked Guyton.
Ollis estimated the cost of each
of the proposed homes is $60,000.
Piedmont Housing owns 167
lots on about 100 acres and is
putting up the first 100 homes in
the first phase of the project.
The subdivision is located past
the end of Morris Road, off US 74
Ollis will also share OSHA con-
cerns fore city's old water plant on
Deal Street where the city crews
work on pumps in two rooms.
The building is listed on the
State Historical Register and has
deteriorated with age.
"We can't tear it down but we
can eliminate these safety prob-
lems and possible fines by storing
our equipment and moving to an-
other location," he said.
Ollis will ask City Council for
permission to change the crew of-
fice to another building on the
Ollis said grease in the sewer
caused some major problems for
residents of Williams Street during
the weekend and that crews were
called to one other location due to
sewers clogged with grease.
homes follow strict rules
stricter regulations, more employee
training and stiffer penalties for vi-
"We already have those restric-
tions," says Alexander who says
the biggest difference between rest
homes and nursing homes is
around-the- clock coverage by a
state certified nursing staff which
operates under the supervision of
the Division of Facility Services
and Life Safety with offices in
Raleigh and Black Mountain.
She said that only seven percent
of North Carolina nursing homes
are deficiency free and Kings
Mountain's White Oak Manor re-
ceived a clean bill of health during
the annual inspection last July.
"We're proud of our record,"
Nursing assistants are also state
certified and must pass 12 hours of
continuing education classes each
See Home, 12-A
Dr. McMurray joins White Oak Manor
Dr. Avery McMurray, prominent
semi-retired Shelby physician, has
joined the staff of White Oak
Manor as medical director effec-
tive March 1.
Dr. Sam Robinson, Kings
Mountain surgeon, and physician
assistants Deborah Spada and Gary
Reynolds are the new members of
the review committee.
Jane Alexander, administrator,
announced the appointments this
week, welcoming the new doctors
to the facility.
Alexander said White Oak
Manor contracted to network for
doctors with CLECO to obtain the
director, working with Cleveland
County Health Director Denise
Stallings and Kings Mountain
Hospital Administrator Hank Neal.
"We are very excited and see
some very positive changes com-
ing to the community in health
care," said Alexander.
Alexander said the changes were
necessary due to recent retirement
of doctors and the resignation of
former medical director Dr. Philip
Day, who said his Grover practice
requires more of his time.
"We have a well trained staff
and have very little turnover,"said
Alexander, who said longevity of
staff adds to its efficiency.
She said the Activities
Department headed by Shirley
Mathis, assisted by Chris Lovell
and Kathy Conner, is one of the
most active groups providing resi-
dents with a number of activities to
enhance healthy attitudes.
See Director, 12-A
to complete before the municipal
election October 10," said White.
"People have responded and are
very enthusiastic, and, of course,
those who don't favor a two year
term will have their say at the polls -
i as those who favor the propos-
White will present the petition
and a notarized certification of the
petition from Debra Blanton, su-
pervisor of elections for the
Cleveland County Board of
Elections. Blanton has indicated
she may attend Council's 7:30 p.m.
meeting at City Hall.
White will ask the board to re-
ceive the petition, call for the spe-
cial election and authorize City
Attorney Mickey Corry to submit
notification to the U. S. Justice
Department, Voting Section, Civil
Rights Division with a deadline of
April 14 for the submission of the
White said he will volunteer to
do any legwork necessary, working
under the local attorney's supervi-
sion, to meet the 13 working days
the attorney has to submit the letter
to Washington, DC.
The Justice Department would
have 60 days to review and give
approval by June 15. ;
"If we had more time we could
get twice the number of names on
the petition but we only need vali-
dation of 10 percent of the number
See Election, 12-A
Peak shaving plant
put on back burner
A peak generation project was
put on the back burner Monday
night by the city utilities commis-
sion pending the go-ahead by the
Local Government Commission.
Because of the city's current fi-
nancial crunch, the borrowing
power has been limited and City
Manager Chuck Nance said he
needed to give the state treasurer's
office current financial information
before the utilities group makes a
recommendation to the full City
... Nance said he called representa-
fives of the LGC this week who
were "cautious" about recommend-
ing the project over the telephone.
The generator could cost between
$1.4 and $1.8 million with the ca-
pability of a lease/purchase ar-
Utilities Director Jimmy Maney
said the payback for the generator
could be five years or earlier.
Nance said that the City of
Edenton operates seven or eight
generators and is realizing monthly
savings of $36,000 with peak
shaving, utilizing also a SCATA
system comparable to Kings
Mountain's computerized system.
Neighboring Shelby also has a
peak generation system which util-
ity commissioners say they want to
see in operation.
"When Duke Power reaches its
highest point or peak in the system
the new equipment would send out
a signal and we could shave it off
and save the city and customers
money on electricity," said Maney.
Tony Ruppe, owner of Ruppe
Hosiery, questioned demand
charges but Maney said that de-
mand charges from the city's sup-
plier Duke Power must be passed
on to the customer.
Ruppe questioned why his plants
which operate the same hours in
two locations are not charged the
same amount for electrical power
and said he pays the same demand
charge for 12 months rather than
being billed for a three months’
"There's just no rhyme or reason
for it," he said.
Councilman Jim Guyton sug-
gested that Ruppe ask an engineer
to test which plant pulls the most
Maney said he has no control
over setting new demand charges
but explained that the rate is de-
signed to help customers like
Ruppe rather than hurt them.
"You would be paying that same
amount in three months instead of
Spreading It out to A220 Te said
In March the city got a bill for
its three delivery units from Duke
Power for electrical power totaling
$371,930.39. The demand charge
was $178,070.25 which was passed
on to customers.
Maney said that at least three
plants in Kings Mountain have
computers that monitor demand
charges for electricity.
__In a related report, Maney said
there are demand meters at
schools, churches and the Public
Housing Authority but none have
ever been billed demand charges.
"Treat all the customers alike
and anyone using more than 30kw
will get a bill," said Guyton.
Guyton also suggested that spe-
cial gas rates be abolished and that
Maney work up a rate sheet that
would detail all rates. Maney said
he would also work up a rate tariff
which would give a definition of
each rate class.
"We need to have rates fair and
equal so that people won't be tak-
ing shots at us for treating one cus-
tomer different from the other,"
"We've been tracking the cost of
natural gas and the city is paying
less, so the customer is paying
less," he said.
Maney said that Margrace cus-
tomers who recently became city
‘customers said they were buying
gas cheaper from Kings Mountain
Virginia Grigg, seated, has her blood pressure checked by nurse
Robin Champion at White Oak Manor.