City Clerk Michelle Jones had provided council members with the per-employee costs, with $491 being the lowest amount through the Georgia Municipal Association. When asked for comments, council members’ reactions were mixed.
“I’ll just make the comment of what I said before,” said Harold Posey. “I wouldn’t be inclined to vote on the group policies until we see a revised budget as to whether we can afford it.”
Council member Edward Miklas believed the city has “very limited means” and would not be able to afford the insurance plans. However, council member Louise Howell believed the city should offer its employees a form of compensation.
After the council made its comments, Casey said he would like to look into the possibility of the city and its employees splitting the insurance payments to save funds.
The session also saw the first reading of a zoning request from Mike McFarland, who had previously told the council about his plans to operate a trucking firm within the city limits. The Kingston Planning and Zoning Committee, which met earlier in the evening, did not recommend the zoning change from residential to commercial.
“The committee reported a negative in this area because it doesn’t meet any of the current zoning traits that we have on our zoning map,” Casey said. “They’re saying that it doesn’t meet permit use in the neighborhood business district.”
Casey also offered McFarland the chance to collect additional information he could present for the applications second reading.
The council then went into executive session to discuss personnel matters, but no votes were taken and no decisions were made.
The Kingston City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at city hall.