Kingston looks to strengthen checks and balances system
by Matt Shinall
Oct 05, 2010 | 1976 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kingston Mayor Dexter Jones hopes that by better adhering to the city charter, it may also bolster fiscal responsibility.

A motion to hire Celeste Keeter as acting city treasurer made at Monday's work session will add that title to her current job description as deputy clerk to fulfill the need for a city treasurer as is spelled out in the charter.

"At this time it will just be adding the title, we have to have someone -- under the charter -- to make sure that the checks and balances are in place especially when it comes to the finances. The treasurer is actually the one that sets up and gathers the invoices, gives them to the clerk and then they make sure they get my desk for final approval. We've had some serious problems in the last couple of weeks with checks being written erroneously," Jones said. "We need to make sure everything in there is in place and that we follow the book and that we follow the charter."

During the meeting, however, there was some confusion expressed by councilmen who were under the belief Keeter was already working under the title of city treasurer.

Also on the agenda for next week's meeting was the nomination of reserve officers to serve voluntarily in supplement to the current police force. Five to six officers were initially requested; Chief Walter Harrell will present these nominations for the council to approve.

Approval for engineering work to fix drainage at the corner of Johnson Street and Main Street will be voted on at the regular meeting. The corner was said to be prone to flooding. An estimate from Southland Engineering was not available at the work session.

Setting of the millage rate will be discussed next week and expected to be rolled back to zero once again. Revisions to the water service area was on the agenda in an effort to align service areas with Bartow County.

Lastly on the agenda was a proclamation to create an appreciation day for Harold Wise, a long-time community member. Jones proposed the renaming of a street last week in his honor, which has been tabled, but he still advocates for an act of recognition.

"Just some recognition for this man who's been here for 94 years, he's worked with the railroad here. When Kingston was in it's heyday, Mr. Harold Wise was here. He has donated land to Kingston in the past, the man is still up and about and I think it's time we recognized more of the citizens that have contributed to Kingston, and he's a perfect example," Jones said.