Kingston city council rehires former City Treasurer
by Matt Shinall
Dec 14, 2010 | 1621 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Though released from her duty with the city of Kingston in September, Kimberly Lovins was approved Monday as City Treasurer.

Mayor Dexter Jones brought forth the item Monday receiving mixed responses from the council ending in a tied vote with Jones breaking the tie in Lovins' favor.

"The city charter demands that we have to have a City Treasurer just to have the checks and balances," Jones said. "I think her qualifications as far as being able to handle the computer and that sort of stuff pretty much speak for themselves and I think she'd be a good asset here with us."

Lovins was replaced in September by the council's approval due to reports from City Clerk Michele Jones of Lovins' inability to meet the required work schedule. Councilmen Chuck Wise and Louise Howell voted against the item voicing their opinion that an advertisement should be ran and several applications reviewed.

"I thought we were going to advertise in the paper for a City Treasurer," Howell said. "I think we should have more than one application to choose from."

A tied vote also was broken by the mayor in order to enter executive session to discuss the item prior to it being approved. The closed session lasted for about an hour before the council returned to vote on the matter.

The motion to hire Lovins was made by Councilman Ed Micklas and nearly died for lack of a second before Councilman Billy Sanders made the second splitting the council. Sanders did, however, add the caveat that Lovins would answer to the City Clerk.

"I want to second it," Sanders said. "Contingent that she takes orders from Michele. She tells her to do something, I expect her to do it."

Also approved Monday was a motion to restore the "Welcome" sign on Highway 293 coming into Kingston at a cost of no more than $300. The restoration will consist of new paint and possibly landscaping maintenance.

Lastly, the council voted to switch payroll services from Ovation Payroll to Capable Financial Solutions. Capable is already the city's accounting service provider and will provide a better price to condense services.

An announcement was made concerning Kingston garbage service for the next two weeks. This week, garbage pick-up will be on Thursday with next week's occurring on Wednesday.