2000 Suggestion Winners

  • Kelly Wilkinson - Police (Suggestion Number 545)
    • Description: Recommended replacement of the paper towel dispensers due to excessive towels falling into trash when one towel is pulled out. Investigation by Property Maintenance showed the improper size of towel was being used.
    • Annual Savings: $225
    • Annualized Implementation Cost: $0
    • Net Savings: $225
    • Award: $25 minimum
  • James Yokeley - Engineering Surveyors (Suggestion Number 574)
    • Description: Recommended replacing the 2 inches by 2 inches wooden stakes used to stake construction projects with 1 inch by 2 inches stakes similar to ones used by NCDOT.
    • Annual Savings: $3,725
    • Implementation Cost: $0
    • Net Savings: $3,725
    • Award: $375
  • Bobby McMannen, Jr. - City-County Utilities and Willie Green - City-County Utilities (Suggestion Number 621)
    • Description: This suggestion recommended designing a new support bracket system for the lift pump oiler mechanisms at the Utilities plants. This new system has eliminated some of the vibration to the mechanisms and reduced a portion of oil loss and damage to pumps caused by reduced oil flow to the bearings.
    • Annual Savings: $7,150
    • Implementation Cost: $200
    • Net Savings: $6,950
    • Award: $695
  • Ron Hilton - City-County Utilities (Suggestion Number 626)
    • Description: This suggestion recommended installing an electrical disconnect for the sodium hypochlorite feed pumps at the water plants to avoid potential injury and improve overall safety.
    • Annual Savings: N/A
    • Implementation Cost: N/A
    • Net Savings: N/A
    • Award: $25
  • Kim Duncan - City-County Utilities (Suggestion Number 632)
    • Description: This suggestion recommended implementing a billing system to recover costs from contractors and homeowners for repairing damaged water and sewer connections.
    • Annual Savings: $12,719
    • Implementation Cost: $0
    • Net Savings: $12,719
    • Award: $1,275
  • Monty Sprinkle - Inspections (Suggestion Number 637)
    • Description: This suggestion recommended replacing conventional cameras in Inspections with digital cameras, eliminating film and processing costs.
    • Annual Savings: $1,433
    • Implementation Cost: $1,000
    • Net Savings: $433
    • Award: $45
  • Michael Whisenhunt - City-County Utilities (Suggestion Number 641)
    • Description: This suggestion recommended replacing failed main drive gearboxes on the traveling bridges at the water treatment plants with direct drive, non-variable speed gearboxes and motors.
    • Annual Savings: $8,857
    • Implementation Cost: $180
    • Net Savings: $8,677
    • Award: $870