Kingston to sign 2012 alcohol sales referendum
by Jason Lowrey
May 06, 2014 | 714 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Though passed and adopted in a 2012 referendum, Kingston’s liquor sales have not officially been signed, said Mayor Wanda Penson during the Kingston City Council’s Monday night work session.

Penson said the measure had been adopted, but either the official document had never been signed or it has been lost.

“I’m sure it was, but nobody can find it,” she said.

City Attorney Brandon Bowen will bring the document to the next city council meeting so it can be officially signed, Penson said. Though she voted against the measure in 2012, and expressed a reluctance to sign the liquor sale document, Penson said she realized she had to follow citizens’ wishes.

“A lot of times ... you’re in different positions whether you like it or not and represent the citizens,” said council member Chuck Wise. “They spoke in numbers in saying this is what we — they — wanted.”

Penson agreed with Wise.

The mayor then moved on to the only other item on the agenda: an update on her ridealong with Bartow County Road Director Randy Gray.

“We drove around Kingston and he advised me about a lot. He [doesn’t] think we need to pave all the roads. He thinks that we can get somebody in here ... get bids of course ... They can patch the roads and make them look, you know, good. It’ll be a lot less money,” Penson said.

In addition to road patching, Penson continued, Gray said the city’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars could also be put toward the required replacement of street signs and repairing roadside ditches. Penson said she would be meeting with another official for a second ridealong in order to determine the city’s infrastructure repair needs.

Prior to the meeting the council heard from a resident who spoke to the council about difficulties he was facing with a water bill for his rental property. He challenged the meter reading and said the water bill should be paid by the former occupant rather than himself. The council said they could not make a decision during a work session.

Council member Mike Abernathy, who returned to the council after a month’s absence due to health issues, spoke at the end of the meeting about his efforts to find projects in Kingston for SPLASH Bartow to work on. He said the elderly or disabled who need assistance with projects on property they own would be eligible to apply.

Penson then spoke about Kingston’s planned efforts to join a summer feeding program for children ranging from 1 to 18 years old. Scheduled to run June 9 to July 18 from noon to 2 p.m., the program will feed a child lunch. Penson said she wished to get the word out to the community.

The Kingston City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at city hall.