It was a bittersweet evening of more than business as usual at the June 18 meeting of the Kingston Springs Board of Commissioners.
The commission took time to celebrate Debbie Finch at her last official meeting as city recorder/assistant city manager.
Mayor Tony Gross presented Finch with an award for her service, which lasted more than 30 years.
“Debbie Finch has served the Town of Kingston Springs faithfully for 32 years,” commissioner Mike Hargis said. “The city commissioners, mayor and city manager are very grateful for her excellent work all these years. Debbie has been an invaluable resource to us working with planning and projections of city tax revenue, department budgets and city expenditures that serve all the citizens of Kingston Springs. Debbie will now work part time for the city as we seek qualified replacement candidates. We wish Debbie many years of great health and happiness as she moves to the next phase of her life. Retirement will give her more time to enjoy her two sons and grandchildren.”
City Manager John Lawless said that the town will hold a celebration to honor Finch after the coronavirus social distancing guidelines are relaxed.
In other business, the commission voted to approve the town’s budget for 2020-2021.
In the public forum, Fall Creek Court resident Thomas Steiger expressed concerns about herbicides used by the electric company, citing a number of areas either being not appealing to the eye or simply not being addressed.
“We need to give our city something other than saying we are a truck stop exit,” he said. “We need to do more on Mount Pleasant with mowing. There are also some roads where shoulders are starting to crumble.”
The commission voted to surplus a total of five laptop computers (four from the police department and one from the fire department); a plastic rolling cart from the Parks Department and two ink jet printers and two PAC backup power supplies from City Hall.
The annual City Wide Yard Sale is scheduled for June Saturday, June 27. Kingston Springs City Hall will be closed Friday, July 3 because the July 4 holiday falls on a Saturday.
The next meeting of the Kingston Springs board of commissioners will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.