Kingston council approves liquor sales
by Neil McGahee
May 13, 2014 | 874 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two years after a referendum was passed allowing liquor sales in the city, the Kingston City Council officially approved the measure.

Mayor Wanda Penson told the council at its work session that the measure had been adopted in 2012, but the official document had either never been signed or it was lost. The council voted 3-1 to adopt the ordinance.

Although Penson had said earlier that she was reluctant to sign a liquor sale document, she acquiesced, saying she realized she had to follow citizens’ wishes. However, council member Mike Abernathy cast the lone dissenting vote saying he could never vote for liquor.

A motion to approve building permits for telecommunication towers for Betacom failed when council realized they didn’t have enough information about the project. Council authorized a 90-day moratorium on building permits for the towers until more research could be done.

A motion to fill two seats on the planning and zoning commission was tabled so the council could ask the incumbents, G.B. Wood and a Mrs. Corbitt, if they wished to remain on the commission before being replaced. A motion to re-implement the variance board was also tabled.

The council heard from Steve Eldridge who recounted the difficulties he has faced with a water bill for his rental property at 160 Howell St. He challenged the meter reading and said the water bill should be paid by the former occupant rather than himself.

Eldridge said he had requested the water be shut off and the water main locked so it couldn’t be used. But, at some point, someone had opened the main and began using water illegally.

“I’m willing to pay for the amount that I owe,” he said, “but I think the others should have to pay their fair share.”

Council voted to accept a proposal by council member Harold Posey to charge all parties $25 each and write off the remainder of the bill.

The proposal prompted several council members to push for a written water policy.

City Clerk Dawn Clark volunteered to write a policy and present it at the next meeting.

The Kingston City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 2, at 7 p.m. at city hall.