Kingston city council takes no action at regular meeting
by Matt Shinall
Sep 13, 2011 | 1824 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With a quorum in attendance and four items on the agenda, no motions were made and no votes were taken in Kingston Monday -- save the tabling of items.

Circumstances surrounding the agenda items led the mayor and council to either table each item or allow the item to die for lack of a motion.

All members of the Kingston City Council were present Monday except Councilman Ed Miklas, who was unable to attend due to illness. His absence, for councilmen Chuck Wise and Louise Howell, was reason for refrain from making motions or taking votes on two items which Miklas had personally spearheaded.

"We just wanted all four of us there," Wise said. "I'd prefer him to be here because he's been after all of this."

Those items not receiving a motion were the installation of a fuel management system costing $3,000 to better monitor fuel consumption from the city fuel depot and the cessation of overtime in the maintenance department except in the case of a dire emergency until finances are restored.

An item tabled Monday was the hiring of a part-time treasurer, a position which is spelled out specifically by the city charter for added financial security and accountability. Mayor Dexter Jones recommended the tabling of the item, which he brought forth, in order to have full cooperation in the matter with all councilmen.

"I wanted everybody to feel comfortable, that they were involved in the process of bringing in a treasurer because that's a big deal, it's an important deal and it's something that we've got to do," Jones said.

The final item was the paving of Hardin Bridge Road. The item was tabled until a contract for the final amount was available for consideration.

At the meeting's close, Wise addressed the matter of a letter circulated among Kingston residents asking for support of a community organization of 'concerned citizens.' In his remarks, Wise urged residents to become involved in city meetings and voice their concern as it arises, not after decisions are made.

"I think you should be concerned all the time, not just after you think we're making mistakes up here. You can correct our mistakes by showing your support, by being at the meetings and letting us know we're doing something wrong instead of waiting until after the fact," Wise said. "I'm not going to say I appreciate the letter ... but I'm glad somebody is concerned other than the city council."