Faced with the March 17 departure of police chief — and sole police officer — Clay Patterson, Mayor Ron Casey recommended advertising for a replacement as soon as possible. Casey reported that he had received “five or six” applications, two from former officers, and that former Bartow County Clerk of Superior Court Gary Bell had been hired in an interim capacity.
“Although I have received several applications, I think we probably should advertise just to make sure it’s legal,” Casey said. “Clay has agreed to extend his resignation for a little longer to give us more time to find a replacement.”
Former Kingston police chief Mark Borgschulze asked the council to consider rehiring him, avoiding the expense of training new personnel.
“Since I left in 2005, no one has produced the revenue, drug cases and drug forfeitures that I did,” he said. “In the last 17 years, I was the most stable, most productive officer this town has had. Rehiring me would be good for Kingston and good for me.”
Kingston water manager Billy Baker and Trent Lard, vice president of Sweitzer Engineering in Acworth, updated the council on corrective action being taken to treat a well, which tested positive for fecal coliform and E. coli in February.
“A corrective action plan was submitted on Feb. 15 and tests were conducted on Feb. 18,” Lard said. “We haven’t received the official results, but we recommend installing a one micron or less cartridge filter with a microfiltration unit and adding a chlorine contact chamber to bring you into compliance with Environmental Protection Division regulations.”
The process, which would take approximately two months to complete, is in compliance with federal environmental regulations, he said.
The council also instructed Sweitzer to contact the EPD detailing the situation and how the city plans to resolve the problem.
Kimy Kennedy, owner of Red Crow Antiques, which recently opened at 24 Railroad St., asked the council to consider allowing her to repaint the hunter green benches lining the street, a lighter, brighter, happier green.
“The lovely green I have chosen is the color of a sweet potato vine or a pistachio nut,” she said. “I will be happy to maintain the benches and continue doing anything I can to promote this magical small town.”
Council took the proposal under advisement and told Kennedy they would get back to her.
The Kingston City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for March 11 at 7 p.m. at city hall.