Kingston wraps up year with no-shows
by Matt Shinall
Dec 13, 2011 | 3142 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Kingston City Council met Monday for their final regular meeting of 2011. Outgoing elected officials Mayor Dexter Jones and Councilman Billy Sanders were no-shows for the December meeting.

Three councilmen, the minimum for a quorum, were present Monday to oversee a brief agenda. Councilmen Ed Miklas and Louise Howell waited with Mayor Pro-tem Chuck Wise for Jones and Sanders to appear before calling the delayed meeting to order.

The first item up for vote was a water conservation plan mandated by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Trent Laird of Sweitzer Engineering presented the plan advising the council of a meeting this week with the USDA during which required documentation would be sought. With the conservation plan requiring a signature from the mayor, the council decided to table the motion until a full administration was present.

A motion was approved Monday to issue a work order for the re-striping of the downtown parking area. Wise brought forth the recommendation after speaking with business owners and residents about the need.

Lastly, the council voted to approve changes to the signature cards at United Community Bank to add incoming Councilman Harold Posey and remove outgoing Councilman Billy Sanders.

As the council adjourned, Wise commented on Jones' and Sanders' terms while expressing his interest in continued success with a new administration.

"We wish [Jones] the best, he has done a pretty good job trying to represent our community. A lot of times, we always want to point the blame at somebody else," Wise said. "So, I wish him and Mr. Sanders the best and am looking forward to working with Mr. Posey and Mr. Casey as well as Ms. Howell and Mr. Miklas."