Kingston finance committee plan steams ahead

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By Mike Gibson

Kingston City Council members took a step toward increased fiscal oversight at the August full council meeting — approving on first reading an ordinance that would establish a financial review committee to act as a liaison between council and city financial planners.
The proposed ordinance provides for the committee to consist of two council members plus the city manager and the city finance officer, assisted by one administrative staff member. The council members would be appointed by the council, and serve for the duration of their council terms.
If the ordinance passes a second reading, council members Norm Sugarman and Tony Brown will serve as the first council representatives on the board.
Mayor Troy Beets has descibed the financial review committee as “an information-gathering, advisory committee” that would not have an power in budgetary decisions, but would keep council apprised of the city’s financial affairs.
In other business, the city council:
• Voted unanimously to participate in Tennessee Municipal League Driver Safety matching grant program, which provides funds for equipment related to driver safety and driver safety education.
• Voted to authorize the issuance of an interest-bearing capital outlay note not to exceed $267,000 in order to fund a street sweeper for the city highway department.
• Approved an ordinance amending other ordinances of the city of Kingston to remove questions of residency on applications for liquor licenses.