TRINITY — City Council unanimously approved a 7 percent salary increase for City Manager Debbie Hinson at its regular May meeting.
Hinson, who has overseen the city through periods of tumult and an amendment to the city charter, received a vote of confidence by virtue of a unanimous decision from Council.
“The City Council has met and discussed the city manager’s position in our organization,” Councilman Don Payne said. “We’ve agreed, due to her hard work, her saving much more than her salary on our budgets every year and the job she’s done for us, we will never be able to pay her for all that she does and all the extra hours and time she puts in. But I’d like to recommend we increase her salary, effective July 1, by 7 percent.”
Hinson was emotional following the vote and credited her colleagues for earning the city’s trust.
“I want to thank Council for what you did,” Hinson said. “I want to thank my staff too, because I don’t succeed unless they help me succeed, so this is not a one-man show.”
Also during the meeting, Guil-Rand Fire Department provided its annual update to Council. The report revealed 179 business are inspected by the fire department inside the city limits. Five were uninspected due to unresponsive property owners. A total of 225 inspection activities were completed last year in Trinity.
New fire inspector Nick Hill was also introduced and will handle a majority of inspections inside the city limits.
Four schools are inspected by Guil-Rand. Trinity High School, Braxton-Craven, Trinity Elementary and Hopewell Elementary are each the subject of two annual inspections. Councilman Gene Byerly raised a concern about a Feb. 28 incident where a student threatened to kill students at Wheatmore and Trinity high schools.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office reported to the incident and an arrest was made. The student, who had disclosed a list of students at the two schools that he intended to harm, was prohibited from returning to any school system campus, and authorities notified the parents of students on the list.
Byerly’s asked whether the fire department reports to such incidents or participates in any sort of protocol. In Archdale, APD responds to matters of this kind, but since Trinity does not have a police force, county law enforcement is relied upon. The councilman was told Guil-Rand is not involved in incidents of this nature.
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