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Kingston annual report gets kudos

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By Mike Gibson
newsroom@roanecounty.com
The City of Kingston received early Christmas kudos from the firm doing their annual audit report at the December council workshop.
Susie Jones Clay of Daniels, Uselton and Clay said the city’s audit, finished every year around this time, was “a very good audit report; all projects tracked well; all departments stayed within budgets.”
She said it was not uncommon for her firm to have to do “a tremendous amount of journal entries to correct errors” in such reports. “We didn’t have to do that here,” she said. “Your staff is doing a tremendous job.”
The report did include a couple of small findings, both of them involving minor points of procedure.
In other work session business:
*Council placed on its Dec. 11 agenda the second reading of an ordinance amending its existing sign ordinance, in order to address new types of signage such as signs with moving parts, signs in truckbeds, different window signs, etc.
*Council placed on its Dec. 11 agenda the second reading of an ordinance requiring any property occupied as a dwelling to have fully functioning toilet, wastewater, and water wupply.
*Council placed on its Dec. 11 agenda the second reading of an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance; this concerns an error in the wording of the residential section that could allow manufactured homes in areas which they are not zoned for.
*Council placed on its Dec. 11 agenda the reappointment of James Donatelli to the Library Board; and the first-time appointments of  Phyllis Jackson and Dr. Joseph Parker, also to the Library Board. These are four-year appointments, except for that of Jackson, who is completing the term of Emily Nunn. Nunn is moving to Blount County.