Enquirer Herald

Clover extends town manager contract 5 years

Clover Town Council members agreed renew Town Manger Allison Harvey’s employment contract for five years Monday after announcing a favorable job evaluation.

Mayor Donnie Grice said Harvey “fully meets expectations,” according to her performance appraisal. “You’re such a great asset to this town and we appreciate everything you do,” Grice said.

Councilman Wes Spurrier, who noted that Harvey’s employment contract expires in April 2016, moved to offer her new contract through April 2020. The motion was unanimously approved by the council.

Harvey accepted. “I appreciate your confidence,” she said.

Harvey, who earns $89,356, is finishing her ninth year as town manager. The motion to renew her contract did not include an increase to her base salary.

Councilman Todd Blanton noted that Harvey juggles many responsibilities that are handled by several employees in other towns. “Allison handles all of that. I really commend her for balancing all the responsibilities,” Blanton said.

In other business, the council gave initial approval to a measure that would increase installation fees for water and sewer. Harvey said that with some more difficult water and sewer connections, the town has not been recovering its costs.

“During a recent connection, the town had to spend a few thousand dollars more than we received in fees just to make a connection,” according to a memo on the change.

Under the current fee structure, according to the memo, connections that require boring under the road and/or connections to force mains are more expensive than fees charged by the town.

The measure would increase the installation fee for sewer connections to actual cost for all meter sizes except the 4-inch meter, the most typical connection size. The installation fee for the 4-inch meter would increase from $600 to $800.

The measure would go into effect Sept. 1 so developers “will have ample notice,” according to the memo. Harvey said the measure does not affect other water and sewer fees, including meter charges and capacity fees.

Jennifer Becknell •  803-329-4077