An air of melancholy hung over the Kingston City Council Monday. Harold Posey's seat was empty, his place on the rostrum marked by a wreath and a memoriam card.
"Everyone here knows we lost a great friend last week," Kingston mayor Chuck Wise said as he struggled to find the right words. "He is going to be truly missed. When you are as dedicated as Mr. Posey was, well I just want to pay respect to him."
Posey, 80, was in his second term on the city council when he died suddenly.
"Although we will miss him terribly," Wise said, "the city's business continues and we must continue too. I had hoped to be able to just appoint someone to fill the unexpired term, but Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk tells me we must have a special election."
With that, Wise announced a special election would be held Nov. 6, the same day as the state elections.
Candidates may qualify to run for the seat from 9 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, until 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at Kingston City Hall, 30 W. Main Street. The qualifying fee is $35.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the installation of a DOT-approved 3-way stop at Reynolds Bridge Road and Main St.
• Approved an intergovernmental agreement for new public safety radios.
• Approved issuance of a moratorium on taps and meter connections into the city water supply.
• Approved moving the date for the August meeting from Aug. 1 to Aug. 13 at 6 p.m.
As the meeting closed, Councilman Payton Silvers patted Posey's empty chair and said, "I'll miss you, buddy."