City manager details tweaked

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‘I’d like him to pay taxes just like I do,’ official says

By Mike Gibson

The devil is in the details, but Kingston City Council crafted a first-draft contract for their intended new city manager.
After a selection process that began with 39 applicants to fill the position of retiring City Manager Jim Pinkerton, Kingston officials scheduled a round of interviews for four finalists earlier this month.
Two dropped out, seeking other positions.
So after a round of two interviews, council chose former Oliver Springs and current Newcastle, Maine, City Manager David Bolling. He accepted a verbal offer, including a salary that would begin at $70,000 his first year, at a special session May 10.
Now, while he works out his notice in Newcastle, city officials must figure out all details for his city manager contract, and submit them before he comes back to start work on June 1.
At the full council session, council members hashed out concerns about the city manager’s availability (“at all reasonable times”); work-related expenses (subject to council approval; and automobile privileges (a car available for take-home, but not personal, use).
Most troublesome, though was the question of where he should live. Some, like Councilman John Byrkitt, worried that the housing market might mandate more latitude in where Bolling would live.
Others felt the same as Councilman Don White, who said, “I’d like him to pay taxes, just like I do.”
Council finally passed a motion that would call for Bolling to “maintain a principle residence within the city limits of Kingston.”
There was an understanding, however, that this or other points of the contract might be a source for negotiation.
Council voted to send the contract to Bolling in Newcastle.
In other business:
• Council voted to authorize the mayor to execute the annual Tennessee Department of Transportation maintenance agreement, which allows the city to be reimbursed certain sums for maintenance and cleaning done around city roads.
• Council finalized the following schedule for finishing and ratifying its budget for fiscal 2013-14:
1. All department meeting, May 31, 1 p.m.
2. Budget changes, regular council work session, June 4, 6 p.m.
3. Budget first reading, regular full council meeting June 11, 7 p.m.
4. Budget second reading, special meeting Monday, June 17; second reading at 7 p.m. with public hearing prior to at 6:45.