By DALE GRAHAM
The Kingston Springs City Commission met in regular session Thursday night, August 16th. All members were present.
Commissioners had asked Attorney Larry Craig if it would be possible to give the City Manager, or someone the ability to declare an emergency in the Town. Craig told them at the meeting doing that was impossible.
he next discussion was about including an automatic fireworks ban whenever a burn ban is declared by the State Department of Agriculture. Commissioner Craig Kitch asked if there had been any fires caused this year in Kingston Springs that required firefighter response, and the answer was no. He said that he wasn’t in favor of giving up the control of a fireworks ban to the Department of Agriculture. Commissioner Pam Lorenz agreed. “We have the power to do it right now”, Kitch stated that the Commission could call a special meeting and put a fireworks ban in place in the future if conditions warrant. The issue died in discussion.
Commissioners have also been discussing the need to get some “Animal Regulations” [i.e. cattle, horse, goats, sheep, swine or poultry in residential areas] into the books, as other towns in the area are also doing. At this stage they are looking at proposed ordinances in other towns to see what works and what won’t. Clarksville has approved their new ordinance on 1st reading, and Kingston Springs is interested in something similar. You can download a PDF of the Clarksville’s ordinance bl clicking HERE.
Dogs and cats will not be included in the ordinance.
The Activity Center in L. L. Burns Park will be open for business in the next few weeks, and the rental rates have been firmed up and are reservations are being made. Interested people may rent the entire building (including the kitchen), or a classroom or two, or even the patio. There are tables and chairs also available, as well as audio/visual equipment, a coffee bar, tents and pop up canopies as well. For more information call or stop by City Hall.
In other business, commissioners authorized City Manager Laurie Cooper and the town’s building official to move forward with the lengthy condemnation procedure on 2 properties, 1 on Brookside and the other on Hillcrest.
Mayor John McLeroy spoke about fears concerning West Nile Virus which he said has afflicted 2 county residents so far. He asked that staff look into spraying for mosquitoes. He also added that residents should be diligent to remove any stagnant water on their property, which is the easiest way to control mosquitoes.