Kingston council discusses city attorney, repaving projects
by Jason Lowrey
Nov 06, 2012 | 1085 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Kingston City Council has received its first recommendation for a new city attorney, which is needed as current City Attorney Peter Olson is slated to serve as county administrator under Bartow County Commissioner-elect Steve Taylor.

Olson, who was not present at the meeting, recommended Brandon Bowen for the position.

While the city council appreciated the recommendation, they were not sure if Bowen was the only applicant for the position. During its Monday night work session, the council wondered if other candidates had been mentioned or recommended to Mayor Ron Casey, as none of the council members knew of any candidates beside Bowen.

Casey was not present for the work session as, according to council member Louise Howell, he had recently undergone minor surgery.

Howell, acting as mayor pro-tem, read from a list of possible road resurfacing and patching projects Casey wanted to submit to the Georgia Department of Transportation. The list consisted of Kitchens Alley, Coleman Street and Hardin Bridge Road from Main Street to the city limits. Council members were then asked to consider which additional roads could be added to the list. Although specific financing details were unavailable, City Clerk Michelle Jones believed the project would be funded with the assistance of GDOT’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant Program.

The council also discussed the rezoning application from Michael McFarland, who wishes to have his property rezoned from residential to commercial so he may operate a trucking firm.

“I would say 99 percent of the community is not for the rezoning of this property to commercial — that have made contact with me,” said council member Chuck Wise.

The zoning request was not recommended by Kingston’s planning and zoning board. It will see its second reading at the next city council meeting.

Other topics discussed included making Dawson Street off limits to large trucks and tractor-trailers, as a number of stop signs have been knocked down at its intersections, and whether the city should approve the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant for the city’s water utility repairs.

While no decision came from the council’s discussion of the loan, all the council members agreed they needed to make a decision soon.

“If we keep playing around with the USDA, they’re going to quit playing [with us],” Howell said.

Jones said it might be possible to use Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds to finance part of the repair project, as some 2014 SPLOST dollars are already slated to go toward repairs. She said it would be necessary to talk with the USDA representative about funding options.

Other city council business included:

• Discussing how to implement a city limb and leaf ordinance.

• Thanking Georgia Power for removing a tree from the city park.

• Discussing the purchase of Christmas decorations.

• Discussing the presence of livestock and other animals within city limits and how it relates to animal control.

The Kingston City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at city hall.