Cumberland City Council addressed the issue of employee overtime during a meeting Tuesday.
Council member Yvonne Gilliam mentioned the subject during a discussion concerning the city’s water plant.
“This overtime’s got to be curbed,” said Gilliam.
Mayor Carolyn Elliott explained that overtime is necessary because a licensed operator must be at the water plant at certain times.
“You can’t curb it (overtime) when the tanks are low,” said Elliott. “You’ve got to have somebody up there and they have to be qualified. It can’t just be anybody.”
A council member suggested using additional employees in order to keep overtime down.
According to Elliot, there is only one employee with the proper certification to handle this particular task.
“That’s the reason we have to have money to send these people to class,” said Elliott, referring to the possible certification of other water plant employees.
Councilman Charles Raleigh inquired about the possibility of cutting maintenance department hours during snow days.
“On these snow days, do we keep maintenance out all day?” asked Raleigh.
Raleigh said that other than spreading salt, there’s not much for workers to do during snow days.
According to Elliott, maintenance workers are taking steps to keep overtime down.
“Some snow days the guys go home early, some days they don’t even come in,” said Elliott. “But your water and your sewer, there’s no way to cut (overtime) down.”
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