City employees get 3 percent pay increase
GEORGETOWN S.C. — After the Georgetown Machine-Pitch All-Stars led the pledge to the American flag, Georgetown City Council worked through a busy agenda, including the passage of a resolution adopting across-the-board raises of three per cent for city employees.
The pay raise for city workers is for approximately 170 employees.
Mayor Jack Scoville said last Thursday the increase was included in this year's budget, but delayed in implementing until the study was received.
“There had been no across-the-board raise in several years,” Scoville said. “After reviewing the study, council decided to postpone implementing its (the study’s) suggestions until next year's budget. We implemented the three percent across the board instead, effective back to July 1, which is the beginning of our new fiscal year.”
In other business council:
• Voted to proceed with the Unfit Dwellings ordinance for ten more buildings. The first 10 buildings were removed for $41,000.
There is $75,000 in the budget for this removal. The city can now proceed with the next properties people had requested be removed. Some are described as being derelict crack houses with mice vermin — a hazard for surrounding houses. There are nine steps to the “fairly lengthy” legal process, which can be even more complicated if “heirs deeds” are involved.
• Approved first reading of an ordinance to finance the construction of a water tank to be made part of the combined public utility system of Georgetown from the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund by agreement with the South Carolina Water Quality Revolving Fund Authority. The new 250,000-gallon tank will replace the existing 75,000 gallon water tank in the Maryville district, providing better water supply, more reliable pressure and increased fire protection for the entire city. Design and construction costs $1,377,000 from the State Revolving Fund Loan. Contract was awarded to Caldwell Tanks Inc., July 25.
• Moved to approve first reading of an ordinance to approve the financing of manhole rehabilitation in the Historic District of Georgetown from the Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund by Agreement with the South Carolina Water Quality Revolving Fund Authority. The Historic District Manhole Rehabilitation project addresses the condition of 200 of the oldest wastewater manholes in the city.
By Lloyd Mackall
For the Times
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