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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Recent decisions by Wilmington City Council and the Brunswick County School Board to hand out employee bonuses have upset many tax payers. The question of pay hikes during the down economy was up for debate again this morning; this time by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

“Employees are the key to success for any organization, but certainly for the success of the authority,” CFPUA CEO Matt Jordan said.

The CFPUA considered rewarding its employees with some extra cash. During a board meeting Wednesday, board members decided to table the decision, and wait for results from a class and compensation study that should be completed by the end of January.

“We’ve reduced positions. We have employees that have taken on increased responsibility, and that’s reflected in our efficiency,” Jordan said. “Every few years we want to make sure we have the proper balance, and that’s what that is all about.”

But with consistent rate increases and issues since the authority formed in 2008, some customers may see the bonuses as inappropriate. Jordan disagrees.

“Even though we did have 13- and 14-percent rate increases, because we’ve been able to hold down the operating side, those rate increases could have been larger, so they’ve helped to hold those rate increases down,” Jordan said.

Jordan says the board will discuss the proposal after the study is completed and after the start of the budget process in February.

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  • upset

    I am tired of hearing things about CFPUA and how bad they are. I would like to bring your attention to EVERY idem you buy. i.e food,gas,clothes,house hold idems. All of it has doubled or tripled in price in the last 10 years and I haven’t yet come across one person calling them complaining. We live in a very greedy and complacent country. It has always been from the beginning of time that there is a man on the throne and everyone else gets shafted. so to the point… Next time you decide to sit on your toilet and push out your next complaint remember who takes care of that problem and supplies you with clean water. The water and sewer that CFPUA took over was neglected for many years by the city and county. They have now had to fix this problem so that we can continue to have good sewer and water systems. I am not taking complete blame of of CFPUA. They average bill for customers is $175 bimonthly and this does not include the big accounts. CFPUA has 67000 water taps and on the low side this means that make $70,350,000 and the average REAL worker at CFPUA makes less than $33,000/yr and I know of many that take home less than $650 biweekly. I don’t know about you but that doesn’t seem fair that the people cleaning up our sewers and providing us with water make so little of money. The only people at CFPUA making money are the top 30 employee’s and the POOR board members and Who even knows if they work at all. I say if the morale is down then they aren’t going to do a good job. Bringing up at bonus before christmas and then not giving them one, when all other county and city employee’s got one is just Wrong!!!! As far as this reclassification study.. They are just finding another reason not to give the people raises and keep the money for them selves. I say if you don’t like it get rid of Matt Jordan and ALL the board members and most of the top 30 that don’t do anything anyway..Pay the people that do all the work. What happened to they saying “take care of your employee’s and they will take care of you” They pay for all employee’s is public info look it up and tell me that the first 30 deserve what they make.

  • CF-pee-eww-A

    Being married to a current CFPUA employee and previous City of Wilm employee (been there well over a decade) gives me a bit of a perspective about what’s going and the failure on the part of CFPUA executives to recognize that the remaining employees are having to do two or more jobs beyond their duties because a lot of essential positions have gone unfilled.

    I’m not talking about the customer service or repair/maintenance. I’m talking about the operations people, the actual ladies and gents who make, treat or test your wastewater and water to make sure you don’t die from explosive diarrhea everytime you brush your teeth.

    These are people who cannot be easily replaced, as some posters would have you think. These are people with college degrees AND licenses, specialized coursework and specialized training, who do what they do without any recognition whatsoever from the upper management at CFPUA.

    Nevermind a bonus… not even a luncheon or gift card or a simple “thank you.” Instead, the upper management and the CEO, who has gotten his bonus …ahem… already contractually obligated to raise… and who gets paid handsomely, cannot even have the cojones to settle this matter once and for all, once again postponing the hot potato to a later time after yet another study which cost money that could have been certainly given to the employees, even if as a $5 gift certificate at McDonalds.

    My spouse is looking at other options away from this mess. My spouse has already been told about consolidating positions underneath, so my spouse will have to do those jobs too, on top of everything else, just as benefits are shrinking, pay remains the same and the upper echelons of the organization think more about their pocketbooks than the people they supposedly lead, all while the infrastructure crumbles and people are disgruntled.

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