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City of Cumming employees to get salary increases
City Hall

CUMMING -- Several items, including salary increases, air conditioning and management of the Cumming Playhouse were discussed at a Cumming City Council meeting this week.

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Pay raises for city employees

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The council approved a 4 percent pay increase for the last two months of this year and all of next for city employees. Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said the increase will likely decrease turnover.

“The city has this money; it won’t have to come out of reserves because the city is going to have to do a budget correction,” he said. “We took in more money than we thought we were going to take in.”

He said the update will cost $39,291 per year.

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Keeping it cool

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The council also unanimously approved the purchase and installation of a new air-conditioning unit for the council chambers. Gravitt said the expected lifetime of a unit is around 15 years and that City Hall was opened 14 years ago.

The unit will be purchased from local Eddie’s Refrigeration, and another business will handle the wiring. The total cost is about $45,000.

Assistant City Administrator Steve Bennett said that includes the cost of installation and that this is the best time of year to do the work.

“When the temperature gets to the point where you won’t require heating or air,” he said, “it would be a good time to change it out.”

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Playhouse management approved

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A contract with RWEA Holdings Inc. was unanimously approved to manage the Cumming Playhouse for the next year. The contract price paid by the city will be $3,000 per month.