Financial matters, hiring appear again on Kingston council agenda
by Matt Shinall
Sep 07, 2011 | 1217 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tuesday's work session, postponed a day following the holiday, saw several items placed on the Kingston agenda countering one another in matters of financial standing.

Mayor Dexter Jones recommended a lump sum payment for the remainder due on city hall. Kingston owes Bartow County $16,000, scheduled to be paid off next spring with $2,000 monthly payments being made on the interest-free loan.

"We're going to have to pay it off anyway and if we go ahead and pay it now, its something else we have off our books," Jones said.

Councilmen Chuck Wise and Louise Howell voiced opposition to paying off the loan and reducing the city's general fund balance.

Raising concerns of fiscal responsibility, a motion was placed on the agenda to end all overtime in the maintenance department "except in case of a dire emergency until finances are restored."

Jones, however, confident in the city's financial solvency put forth his recommendation to hire Sidney Solomon as part-time treasurer, a position outlined in the city charter.

The mayor and council also saw differently on how to secure the city fuel depot. The matter has come up several times in discussion since the 2010 audit recommending enforcement to control unaccounted for fuel shortages. On next week's agenda is the motion to install a management system allowing consumption to be tracked digitally costing $3,000. Mayor Jones preference is toward simpler means of control including stricter enforcement of logbooks.

Last to be voted on is the repaving of Hardin Bridge Road. Estimates on the project came in at $70,000 with portions to be covered by grants from the Georgia Department of Transportation. The remainder could be taken from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

The Kingston City Council will meet again Monday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m., at city hall.