• Mayor: Public works employees don't make enough money


    LOWELL, N.C. - Lowell's mayor is holding a benefit Saturday to support public works employees who he believes aren't making enough money.

    Larry Simonds told Channel 9’s news partner, The Gaston Gazette, the seven full-time employees make between $21,000 and $26,000 a year.

    City Council voted down his request for more than a three percent raise for them late last year.

    This is the latest in a series of disagreements between the council and the mayor.

    Last week, Channel 9 reported the city manager received the power to kick Simonds and the council out of council meetings if they get out of control.

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