Blountsville continues to work on appearance

The Blountsville Town Council meeting held Monday night centered mainly around the continued efforts being made in improving the community’s overall appearance. Several specific issues were addressed in regards to this topic.

Building inspector and park director Danny Stephens furnished the council with files containing pictures and details on a number of properties which will be added to the current list of addresses with code violations. Town attorney Dalton NeSmith, who was present at the meeting, will continue to assist with the notifications being sent to these owners.

Blount County Commissioner Andy Neill, also in attendance Monday night, awarded Blountsville fire chief James Overby with an $800 check. He stated this general donation is to be used at the fire department’s discretion. After the meeting was adjourned, Overby thanked Neill for his donation also thanked all of the commissioners for their continued support of the department.

Dennis Beavers, a trustee of Blountsville United Methodist Church, addressed the council with the church’s concerns regarding drainage problems around the church and in the adjoining cemetery. A motion was made and approved by the council to authorize Mayor Randy Millwood to investigate the specific problems and gather details as to what costs and other factors may be involved in repairing or replacing the pipes and drainage equipment.

Beavers also addressed the council as the president of the Blountsville Business Association, and informed the board of the association’s meeting and event schedule for 2012.

Councilman Ken Wilson, chairman of the park rules and regulations committee, informed the board of the details involved in the new volunteer coaching application that will use in the baseball coaching registration process, which will begin this week. The motion was approved for a list of all volunteer coaches to be submitted to the council prior to the start of the season for final approval.

Discussions continued in regards to the ballpark freezer that needs to be replaced, as well as the structural damage investigation currently underway at the city pool. More details on both are expected to be presented at the next council meeting.

The mayor announced that one citizen has come forward and offered to fill one of the 17 vacant seats (on four different committees) the town currently has.

The mayor also informed the council and public that starting in January of this year any ordinances or resolutions voted on by the council must be posted for a total of 35 days before they go into effect.

Council members attending the Jan. 23 meeting, in addition to the mayor and Wilson were Michael Glass, Barry Smith, and Marlin Murphree. Councilman Ken Mullins was absent.

The next council meeting will be Monday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m.