Kingston becomes a Purple Heart City

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The Kingston City Council voted Monday to approve a proclamation proclaiming Kingston a Purple Heart City. 

"This is to honor those who have served our country," Mayor Elbert "Chuck" Wise said. "Those who have been wounded or paid the ultimate sacrifice in combat with a declared enemy of the United States. Kingston has several Purple Heart recipients and we acknowledge and appreciate their courage."

Wise also declared the week of Sept. 17-24 as Constitution Week.

Council tabled a first reading amending the water rate ordinance and approved a resolution to apply or forfeit open deposits on water accounts more than two years old. Those accounts total almost $17,000.

Council also approved a request to seek bids for a new lawn mower, provided financing may be gained. The current mowers are nearing the end of their usefulness and must be replaced, Wise said.

Council also voted to authorize Police Chief T.J. Sosebee as a signer on the technology fund account and receive a debit card for that account.

One speaker, Fred Pecchio, reminded council that Kingston was the final rest stop for the weekend's Backroads Century 100-mile bicycle race.

The Kingston City Council will meet on Monday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. for a work session followed by a regular meeting.