Kingston discusses grant for overhauling water system
by Matt Shinall
Oct 04, 2011 | 1053 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kingston's work session Monday night saw a number of discussion items, many of which will go forward next week for a vote.

Tabled last month due to the absence of Councilman Ed Miklas, the installation of a fuel management system will be decided upon at the regular meeting. Such measures were suggested with the presentation of the 2010 audit after fuel shortages were unaccounted for. The proposed system would sync with computers at city hall for regular monitoring at a total cost of about $3,000.

Mayor Dexter Jones updated those in attendance on the progress of the city's grant application with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for overhauling the water system. The grant, now clearing preliminary state requirements, would upgrade water lines and add two new water tanks to the system.

"At this time we're in good standing with the USDA," Jones said. "This is a tremendously big deal for the city of Kingston, so we're going to make sure we get them the information they need."

The council discussed Monday the hiring of Sidney Solomon as part-time treasurer. Jones has brought this issue to the council in the past to no definite decision.

Also brought forth at the work session were contracts for the paving of Hardin Bridge Road. Two contracts will be voted on next week to pave from the city limits to Main Street. Low bidder for the projects was Northwest Paving out of Calhoun for the amount of $72,000. Half of that amount will be covered by a grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Police officers were on the agenda Monday as well. Currently policed by sole officer and Chief Billy Pickett, Kingston will be looking in the near future at the prospect of hiring one part-time officer and one reserve officer working on a volunteer basis.

Two items came up at the work session regarding employee policy which will require further guidance from the city attorney. One issue raised was possible amendments to the city charter emphasizing that employees are "at will." The council was unclear as to whether the wording is necessary within Georgia, a right-to-work state.

The second item demanding further insight was a discussion on a proposed employee ordinance. Written by City Attorney Peter Olson, the ordinance would spell out duties and assignments per city employee. Jones, however, was fearful of possible contradictions within the ordinance to the city charter.

The Kingston City Council will hold its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., at city hall.