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City Council hears update on sanitation trucks, approves holiday bonuses for employees

by Bradly Gill | November 24, 2022 at 5:00 a.m.
Photo by Bradly Gill Public Works Director Kevin Franklin updates the Camden City Council on the condition of the city's garbage trucks at a special called meeting Tuesday, November 22.

The Camden City Council failed to gather a quorum at their regularly scheduled meeting last week, so Council members met again in a specially-called meeting Tuesday evening.

The Council appointed two members to separate boards and also granted a holiday bonus to city employees.

While discussing old business, Alderman Chris Aregood asked about the condition of the three sanitation trucks owned by the city.

Public Works Director Kevin Franklin stated, "Last Monday, we had two of our residential trucks go down; we have three. One is about 18 years old. It went down. We still had a trash truck running. It's not a truck with a side arm."

Franklin explained that as opposed to one man operating a truck with a sidearm which grabs the cans, three men were needed for other trucks -- one driver and two workers on the back to empty garbage cans.

"We're now back to normal operation with two trucks running. So, we didn't drop the ball," he said.

He also noted that repairs on the vehicles had been affected by supply chain issues.

Aregood said the age of the older truck was also an issue.

In new business, the Council unanimously approved the appointment of Mike Cash to the city's Water and Sewer Commission. Cash is replacing David Chilcote, who had to resign from the commission because he moved out of the city limits.

Cash will serve for the remainder of Chilcote's term, which expires in November 2024.

A resolution purchasing insurance for the Camden Municipal Airport was passed 6-1, with Alderman Marvin Moore being the sole nay vote.

The Council unanimously confirmed the appointment of Phil McBride to the Airport commission.

Likewise, the Council unanimously approved a resolution awarding a bid for a new generator for the Camden Police Department.

Bonuses

Finally, two similar resolutions for holiday bonuses for city workers were presented. Alderman Marvin Moore pointed out that one of the resolutions would allow employees to receive a check this week, before the Black Friday kick-off to holiday shopping; while the second wouldn't issue checks until on Nov. 30.

Also, under the first resolution, bonuses would be prorated based on the length of time a worker had been employed: workers employed by the first quarter of the year would receive 100% of the bonus amount, those employed by the second quarter, 75%, etc; while under the second resolution, all full-time workers in the city would receive pay based upon hours worked.

L.E. Lindsey, who sponsored the second resolution, withdrew it from consideration after learning about the prorated bonus provision in the first resolution.

The second resolution passed 6-1 with Chris Aregood being the sole nay.

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