Council increases pay, makes appointments

Town of Cleveland

Following action by the Cleveland Town Council this month, employees will see a 3 percent pay increase. On a motion made by councilman Tommy Swindle, the council approved the raise.

In other action, the council discussed the Swann Bridge Park, as well as the town park. Cleveland Mayor Jerry Jones reported that work on a new county park at Swann Bridge has begun. He said around 7.5 acres will make up the park, noting alcohol would not be allowed. Four-wheelers and overnight camping will also be against park rules.

Jones also brought to the council’s attention that the town park concession stand owes taxes. With that in mind, the council decided to look for an outside entity to operate concessions this year.

“We need to look for somebody,” Jones said. Swindle suggested a church or school group might be interested as “there is about $10,000” to be made.

On a motion by Swindle, the council also agreed not to charge usage fees for high school and recreation league ball due to the fact COVID-19 shut the season down last year. The town has refunded $975 to Cleveland Youth Baseball for the same reason.

Under old business, the council voted on three appointments: chief of police, town attorney, and town clerk. Pat Thomas was reappointed as police chief and Alex Smith as town attorney. Reappointment of current town clerk Michele Hicks failed due to lack of a motion.

In his report to the council, Jones said the town’s audit by Carr, Riggs & Ingram will be turned over to the town attorney for review. He also reported that an employee in the water department had been placed on probation and he “felt it best that his employment be terminated.”

Jones said the road cleanup by county inmates was going well and to “put some teeth” into the effort he would like to see a $500 fine for offenders.

The council approved using the services of Community Consultants for grant administration services and Goodwin Mills Cawood for grant engineering services.

The council meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.