Two new hires were listed, both part-time, the first an additional police officer to bolster the current one-man department comprised solely of interim Police Chief Billy Pickett. The second hire recommended was a part-time maintenance worker.
Both actions were recommended by Mayor Dexter Jones who also made the motion to table them. Jones made the call to hold off on voting because the council had not seen applications in time to make a decision and because background checks had not been completed.
The last item appearing before the council was the transfer of funds as directed by Williamson and Co. CPAs in the 2010 audit to keep the general fund at a sufficient level. A transfer from the water fund into the general fund is done regularly by the city when funds are needed. The audit recommendation was made in an effort to streamline bookkeeping so that the general fund would not routinely be depleted.
When fund balances were reviewed, the amount that could be transferred and the amount that needed to be transferred were unknown due to other recent transfers. The item was tabled for further review and discussion.
"In the 2010 audits, they had recommended that we transfer over enough money in one sum to cover our needs," Jones said. "What we really need to do is to transfer over enough where it won't ever get low in the general fund. That's been our problem for the last 10 years, we've been bringing the general fund low and then coming from the water fund."
Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Kingston City Council will hold their September work session on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m., at city hall.