City gas pumps go under lock and key in Kingston
by Matt Shinall
Nov 15, 2011 | 1708 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After much discussion in previous months, the city of Kingston will place locks on the gas pumps in the city fuel depot.

An audit of city finances presented in July found unaccounted for fuel losses leading CPA Lloyd Williamson to urge the city to seek proper fuel management. The council has discussed since that time the possibilities of adding a new gate or installing a computerized fuel management system to control the problem.

A vote taken at Monday's regular meeting agreed upon the measure of placing locks on the fuel pumps and placing the keys in city hall to be checked out when needed.

Two other items on the agenda were tabled for lack of necessary information. The purchasing of "do not litter" signs was delayed to allow for further discussion on the matter with Bartow County and the purchase of police cars was tabled until more bids could be gathered.

The issue of new police cars, however, did once again spark debate on financial standings. Councilman Ed Miklas raised concerns over the purchase, asking to push the action into next spring after city hall is paid off. He also suggested the cars be examined by a mechanic to determine if they are "dangerous" as Mayor Dexter Jones has said.

"I would rather wait and purchase these cars after we pay off city hall next March. That's four and a half months, that's not long at all," Miklas said.

As Miklas urged for an assessment of the vehicles for the possibility of repair, Jones noted the difference between consumer cars and police cars citing insurance requirements on vehicle standards.

"Obviously it would be up to the city council but my suggestion would be that we get these bids as quick as possible. Those cars are unsafe to drive and it will come back on us," Jones said. "When you get to 100,000 miles, it is way too many miles to have on a police cruiser."

With the passage last week of Kingston's alcohol referendums, change will begin soon in local ordinance. Sunday, Nov. 20 will be the first day beer and wine by the package will be available in Kingston while all other decisions made on the ballot will be set forth to begin through a new ordinance to be drafted in the coming weeks. The first reading of that ordinance with specific details is expected at next month's meeting.

The Kingston City Council will hold its December work session on Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., in city hall.