Kingston hears budget, cell tower ordinance first readings
by Jason Lowrey
Jul 16, 2014 | 1215 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kingston edged nearer to having a 2014 budget Monday night as the document had its first reading.

Mayor Wanda Penson introduced the budget, which calls for a balanced general fund of $309,681. The council plans to approve the budget during its regular session on Monday, Aug. 11, but first the city must hold a called public hearing as required under Georgia law. The public hearing is scheduled for Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m. at city hall.

A breakdown and examination of Kingston’s 2014 budget will run in a future edition of The Daily Tribune News.

The council held a work session prior to its regular meeting, where Penson discussed the need for a telecommunications ordinance. She said a company was looking at putting a cell tower somewhere in Kingston’s city limits, but no specific location had been mentioned. City Attorney Brandon Bower presented the ordinance during the regular meeting.

“One or two months ago we discussed adopting a telecommunications ordinance because the city did not have one,” he said. “The direction of the council to me at that time was to prepare one in line with Bartow County’s telecommunications ordinance, which I have done and which I have provided to you. ... Essentially what you do, it has standards for the construction of telecommunications towers and would provide for approval of a telecommunications tower by the city council, subject to those conditions it must comply with.”

Council member Harold Posey asked Bowen to look at Cartersville’s telecommunications ordinance before the next council meeting. Posey stated he would like to know if there were any particular concerns or specifications a city may have on telecommunication towers that might not be in the county’s ordinance.

The council also tabled a decision on whether to accept a donated building. During the work session Penson said James Orton wished to donate a Cochran Street building to the city. She said his only requirement was to have the building named after his wife, Martha Orton. Orton also wished for the building to be useful for city residents, such as a library. The council decided to table the offer until potential costs associated with the building, including renovation and tax expenses, are assessed.

The council approved a liquor license for Billy Sanders and a beer license for the Super 7 Store before adjourning for a closed session on personnel matters. Penson said no decisions were made during the executive session.

The Kingston City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. at city hall.