Council chairman sees jobs and recreation as priorities
Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer can sum up his council’s top priority in 2017 in one word.
Well, actually three words.
“Jobs, jobs, jobs,” Spencer said.
While the new year is an ideal time to reassess priorities and redirect focus, Spencer said council’s focus hasn’t changed from last year when job creation was the top goal.
“We want to bring more jobs with our economic development,” Spencer said. “That means a bigger tax base that helps everybody. Gaffney is really taking off right now. We want the county to continue to grow.”
Echoing the statements of Cherokee County Development Board Director Jim Cook, Spencer said he expects some major economic development announcements in the coming weeks.
Recreation will be another major focal point in 2017, according to Spencer.
He said he doesn’t support an indoor recreational facility that is in the planing stages by the Cherokee County Recreation District. However, he does see the need to repair Irene Park pool, which has been closed for four years after cracks in the wall were discovered.
Spencer said he also wants to stop the stream of county workers leaving for higher-paying jobs. Just recently, roads and bridges supervisor Matt Mills resigned to take a job with the state Department of Transportation, Spencer said.
“We have to do something to stop this,” he said.
Council approved a new wage plan last year that was intended to modernize pay scales for all levels of county employees while giving department heads the chance to reward employees based on merit.
The new wage plan assigned pay grades for each county position. The higher the pay grade, the more the county employee can expect to earn.
Apparently, however, it has done little to stop workers from leaving the county.