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Kingston library agreement ready for vote

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By Mike Gibson

By MIKE GIBSON

newsroom@roanecounty.com

Kingston City Council members decided that a new library agreement, having been vetted by councilmen and library board members alike, is ready for a full council vote.

Council placed the agreement on the agenda for its Jan. 14 session at its monthly pre-council work session.

The agreement is the product of a new set of standards set forth by the state librarian’s office in 2013.

It addresses a broad range of issues, from maintenance and housekeeping to policies relevant to the modern “electronic library.”

Kingston Mayor Troy Beets said council members and library officials have both had a chance to review the new agreement, which has been a subject of discussion for some months now, and that they have all had an opportunity for input.

Along with the new agreement, council also placed on its Jan. 14 agenda the reappointments of two library board members, including board chair Jinx Watson and also member Vic King.

In other work session business, council members also placed on the Jan. 14 agenda:

• A motion seeking per-unit bids for paving materials, good through July 1.

• A resolution endorsing additional funding for highway construction.

The resolution is intended to express to state officials the need for more highway funds, given that state gas tax hasn’t risen in several years.

Tennessee Department of Transportation gets a large portion of its funding from the gas tax.

• A resolution authorizing the city to seek a Community Development Block Grant.

CDBG is a Housing and Urban Development program that provides for a variety of rehab and rebuilding projects in communities with needs.

The grant Kingston would be seeking would be for repair to aging water and sewer infrastructure in certain parts of town.