On Wednesday, council members discussed establishing a new service code to send active-duty members a bill for $0 a year.
After a year, the city would notify the residents they could continue the free service by bringing current documents to City Hall verifying their active-duty status. There would be a 30-day notification window.
The idea, which was proposed by Councilman Tim Killingsworth, is that the head of household should be active duty in order to benefit from the service. It would not affect a family if a member who isn’t listed as the head of household were active duty, Killingsworth said.
“It’s nothing drastic,” Killingsworth said. “Just a simple thank you.”
The deal would include normal residential sanitation and recycling services, City Manager Steve Kennedy said.
Kennedy and Killingsworth said they don’t know what the financial impact would be if the city approves the service because they have not researched how many active duty military members live in the city limits.
“I can’t think of a group of people who are more deserving of a little bit of help,” Councilman Bruce Jenkins said. “Other cities may follow suit. It’s nice when the government gives something back to these folks.”
The city will seek a legal option to ensure the service is allowable before taking any action.
In other business, the Keep Kennesaw Beautiful Board wants to create a community garden adjacent to the Towne Manor subdivision. The garden is in the first steps of discussion, but it would be open to anyone if it’s created.
Council will also recognize Kennesaw State University’s Head Football Coach Brian Bohannon and Athletic Director Vaughn Williams.