The King City Council held its regular meeting the first of the month and welcomed Stokes County Economic Development Director Will Carter, who introduced himself to the council.
“I am honored to have been chosen as the Director of Economic Development for Stokes County, and want to assure you that I will work hard to grow Stokes County and its municipalities,” said Carter. “I look forward to working with each of you to find ways to attract good jobs and good people to our county, as well as finding ways to grow our existing businesses, and continue to develop our hard-working citizens.”
Carter, a lifelong Stokes County resident, began his new position on May 14, 2018.
The Council also heard a presentation from Eric Hudson, Regional Engineer for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. Hudson informed the council that the City of King’s Water Treatment Plant had recently been awarded the Area Wide Optimization Program’s certificate of achievement for 2017. This certificate recognizes the City of King’s water as being among the highest quality of water in the state, and one of only 14 plants in the Winston-Salem Regional Office’s territory to be recognized.
“Historically, water treatment professionals are rarely recognized for their efforts,” Hudson said. “Water treatment plant operators are the primary contributor to maintaining public health in a municipality, and these services are accomplished in King by the professionals we recognize today. These employees work around the clock to serve the community by producing safe, and pleasant drinking water, free of disease-causing organisms. I am excited to be given the opportunity to come today and acknowledge the accomplishments of the water department.”
The plant’s superintendent Ben Marion, and employees Kim Sutton, Denise Shelton, Mark Danley, and Ronnie Gallimore were present for the recognition, and Hudson presented them the certificate following his brief remarks.
In other business, the council set a public hearing for August 6 at 7 p.m. for revisions to the city’s water and sewer collections ordinance and for financing vehicles and equipment during the new fiscal year.
The council approved an order for Forsyth County to collect city taxes from residents living in the Forsyth County portion of the City of King and approved a resolution authorizing electronic payments to vendors.
The council approved a draft agreement outlining responsibilities of the city in providing a school resource officer for King Elementary School. This draft agreement will be presented to the Stokes County Board of Education for their consideration.
The King City Council meets monthly on the first Monday at 7 p.m. at King City Hall, located at 229 South Main Street in King. The public is invited to attend.