Kingston council discusses employee issues
by Jason Lowrey
Feb 04, 2014 | 842 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The employee handbook and job descriptions were at the top of the Kingston City Council’s to-do list for its nearly two-hour Monday night work session that veered off into numerous topics.

Following the public comment period of the meeting, Mayor Wanda Penson raised the idea of a revised employee handbook. She asked if any council members knew what a previously revised handbook, which was never adopted, had changed.

“I think it was ... for sexual harassment, quite a few things,” said council member Harold Posey. “... And I think the attorney, I think it was Peter Olson, wasn’t it, did that. ... Mayor, I would recommend checking with Peter Olson. I think he is probably the one who would know. Now, of course, our minutes should reflect it back through those years, but that would be two or three years of minutes.”

City Clerk Michelle Jones confirmed Olson drew up a revised handbook.

“It was 2009 when Peter drew it up, but it was never voted on,” she said.

Council member Mike Abernathy suggested that City Attorney Brandon Bowen should review the 2009 revision and report back to the council.

Penson also raised the idea of overhauling city employee job descriptions. Following a discussion with the council, it was concluded the council would look at the descriptions and possibly revise them.

Following up on an idea from the council’s January work session dedicated to the budget, Penson suggested the Kingston Women’s History Club should pay its utility bills.

“They need to start getting billed with, like, utility bills — and another thing about that, insurance. I don’t know how we’ll go about it. I know the city owns the building, but the contents of the building, there’s like, $20,000 for the contents in there,” she said. “I don’t know how we’ll go about that, but we need to see if we can, like, I don’t know if we should pay the insurance. I know we do the building because the city owns the building, but I think they need to pay the utility bills. Everybody needs to pay their own bills.”

Following debate on how to insure the building’s contents, council member Louise Howell suggested the mayor should speak with the club’s president and treasurer. Penson said she would.

In other business the council: 

• Discussed how the city clerk and city treasurer should be paid when they attend a city council meeting.

• Heard Penson’s update on restocking the city’s supply of water meters and purchasing supplies and materials for the water department.

•Discussed setting a schedule for the city council to sign checks.

• Were notified garbage service would be moved to Tuesdays.

The next Kingston City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. at city hall. Though no official announcement was made, the council indicated another work session dedicated to the budget may be called.