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Kenton’s finances looking up

Kenton’s finances looking up
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Kenton appears to be emerging from its financial troubles.
After almost a year into their first term in office, members of the city’s current administration reinstated several programs that have been missing in Kenton due to a lack of funds.
The Kenton mayor and board of aldermen voted Tuesday night to reinstate Christmas bonuses for city employees and will also host a catered Christmas dinner next month for city workers and board members.
It marks the first time in three years city workers have received a holiday bonus.
Also Tuesday night, the board voted to reinstate pay for board members’ attendance at called meetings. Due to the city’s financial problems, the board earlier this year eliminated its pay for called meetings until the city’s finances were in better shape.
That time appears to have come.
During Tuesday night’s half-hour session, Mayor Virginia Davidson had even more good news for her town. There will be a business after hours on Dec. 2 and the town’s Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 3. There will be a special reception after the parade, featuring Santa Claus, at Kenton’s First State Bank.
One item not on Tuesday night’s agenda was the issue of the vacant police chief’s position in Kenton.
Mrs. Davidson told The Messenger following the meeting she has received 10 applications for the job and that she and the board’s police commissioner, Angie Choate, will review the applications and conduct interviews between now and the board’s next meeting.
The mayor said she hopes to have a recommendation for the board by its next meeting.
In a related matter, Mrs. Choate provided the board with an October activity report from the police department. In that report, Mrs. Choate said the department received 92 calls during the month, made 27 traffic stops and issued 13 citations.
“I’m proud of our guys,” Mrs. Choate said. “They’re out there doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”
It was also reported that one of the city’s unmarked police cars is being striped by the Obion County Sheriff’s Department, at no charge to the city.
In other action Tuesday night, the board:
• Granted final approval to a new city ordinance regulating the use of portable buildings that are used to sell prepared foods.
• Was given a brief and positive report on the status of several park projects by parks and recreation commission Faye Sharp.
• Was informed by board member Tim Johns that he is still working on having Ford Construction Co. do road repairs around town.
• Was informed by the mayor that a new copier is in use at City Hall. The purchase of the copier was approved earlier this month by the board.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 11.2.11

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