Blountsville fire station construction comes to a close

The final inspection of the Blountsville fire station is scheduled for Oct. 22, Mayor Randy Millwood told the town council at its regular meeting Monday night. Construction has come along well and the council hopes the fire station will be ready for operation by the beginning of November.

By vote, the council:

adopted an ordinance to refinance the town’s debt with BB&T Bank; scheduled date for closing the contract is Oct. 26.

 authorized the mayor to hire a structural engineer to generate a report for the swimming-pool-grant project, estimating hiring one would cost $2500.

 agreed to renew its contract with the Blount County Oneonta Chamber of Commerce for a fee of $250.

 agreed to have a work session with town attorney Dalton NeSmith and all town employees to discuss the rules and regulations of the new Alabama immigration law but set no date.

 allocated $1000 toward expenses of the annual Christmas Open House set for Dec. 2.

Mayor Millwood announced that the deadline to apply for hazard mitigation shelters is Oct. 27 and announced the town’s plan to apply for a shelter.

The council announced that the 1855- 1900 Cowboys and Outlaws event at the Blountsville Historical Park will be on Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per carload and there will be re-enactments all day, a cowboy church, and chuckwagon food. The event is sponsored by the Blountsville Historical Society, the Covered Bridge Shootist, the Hatcreek Cowboys, and the town of Blountsville.

A group of parents from Anthony Harris’s former rec league football team attended the meeting and voiced opinions on the removal of Harris from coaching any rec league sport.

Angie Martin Green, an LPN, asked the council’s permission to continue to be on the field and care for the rec league sophomore football players. She also asked the council if it would allow her to have a needed background check in order to continue caring for the players. The council agreed to grant her permission provided she has a written note from each player’s parents stating she is allowed to care for their child.

Attending the meeting with the mayor were councilmen Michael Glass, Barry Smith, Ken Wilson, Marlin Murphree, and Ken Mullins. The council will meet next on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.