Two special called meetings followed the first regularly scheduled council meetings of the month, both being called for personnel and financial matters.
The motion to hire Angela McCoy Dawson as part-time city treasurer came after the position was left vacant by Celeste Keeter two weeks ago. City Clerk Michele Jones has been unassisted in daily operation of the city office since that time.
The city treasurer performs administrative duties while acting as an additional check and balance for city finances. The motion was approved for a rate of $11 an hour not exceeding 24-hours a week.
The council spent much of the meeting in executive session before returning to open meeting to address agenda items. Second on the list was the motion to grant Mayor Dexter Jones access to view bank accounts with no check writing or transaction authority. Although Councilman Ed Miklas made the motion, which was seconded by Councilman Billy Sanders, Councilman Louise Howell opposed the motion. With Councilman Chuck Wise not in attendance Monday, the motion died for lack of support from at least three council members.
The last agenda item to be discussed Monday was to hire Mike Powell as a reserve officer for investigations. Jones spoke to Powell's qualifications as including years of service in the military followed by a law enforcement career in Marietta. The reserve officer status is a strictly volunteer position. The motion was made by Miklas but died after failing to garner a second.
The Kingston City Council will meet again next week, Monday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., at city hall for its November work session.