Personnel matters again take center stage in Kingston
by Matt Shinall
Feb 08, 2011 | 2798 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dominated by closed session discussion, Monday's Kingston City Council work session left the agenda blank for February's regular meeting.

Mayor Dexter Jones said that items may be added before next week's meeting. One item that may make the list is adoption of the 2009 audit. After months of delay, the financial report has been completed and may land before the council this month.

Monday's work session included a closed session for nearly an hour for personnel matters after which no agenda item was brought forth.

Moments before the council entered closed session to discuss personnel, Anthony Hollis, a former city employee spoke to the mayor and council asking for their reasoning behind the layoff of two maintenance department employees if the city is now paying as much in overtime.

Others addressing the council included local and regional artists Skip McNutt and Ernest Neal. McNutt, owner of Part Time Artist in Adairsville, has partnered with Neal to produce a series of murals depicting the Great Locomotive Chase.

Funded entirely by a United States Department of Agriculture enterprise development grant, the 8-foot by 20-foot outdoor mural would be painted showing a scene of the city's choosing to be attached to a building or be freestanding.

McNutt and Neal have sought approval for grant application from several cities along the historic trail including Dalton, Cartersville and Adairsville. The city of Cartersville recently approved the grant application and Adairsville will unveil their mural in April.

The collection of murals is intended to create a visual tour of the chase as it happened creating a tourist attraction within each location. Each mural is expected to take six to eight months for completion and cost nearly $100,000.

The Kingston City Council will meet again Monday at 7 p.m., at city hall.