On April 19, Blountsville Mayor Danny Baker announced that Gov. Kay Ivey had recently lifted the statewide mask mandate; however, he encouraged everyone to continue to wear masks in public buildings and businesses that have opted to continue the policy in their stores since COVID is not over yet.
He also read the Fair Housing proclamation that Gov. Ivey issued in honor of Fair Housing Month. The proclamation reads, “Whereas, April 11, 2021, marks the 53rd anniversary of the passing of the United States fair housing law Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which the national policy of fair housing without regard to race, color, religion, sex, and national origin; and whereas the effect of the implementation of the national policy depends on affirmative action and all levels of government, there now, therefore the town of Blountsville does hereby proclaim the month of April 2021 as fair housing month in recognition of the importance of fair housing to our way of life and I urge our citizens to obey the letter, in the spirit of the fair housing law as an expression of the individual rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and witnesses thereof, the 19th day of April, 2021.”
In new business, the council approved:
• a camera for the police department’s evidence room in the amount of $450.
• $1,300 for repairs, maintenance, and tires on a fire department vehicle.
• agreement with the Blount County
Sheriff’s Office for housing municipal inmates.
In other announcements, the council heard from public affairs specialist Liliana Tschanett with the Small Business Administration regarding damages during the January 25-26 tornadoes. If your business, home, or rental was damaged, go to the website http:// asbdc.org/sba-tornado-disaster-assistance for the appropriate steps to take.
The SBA now has a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) located in the Fultondale Library. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is June 1, 2021.
Before closing, council member Tyler Cantrell wanted to remind the community of ways they can support their community. The Blountsville Forward Initiative is teaming up with the Blountsville Business Association to help at-risk kids in the community. Soon they will host a dinner with the proceeds going toward the town pool and future sessions they will host for at-risk kids.
He also thanked Costa Pro Wash for volunteering to pressure wash the Blountsville Library. The mayor and council gave a special thanks to council member Debra Sorrell (absent from meeting to help serve at Blountsville’s recreation park) and parents for their hard work in cleaning and sprucing up the ball fields and concession stands. They all encouraged others in the community to volunteer at the ballpark.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 3, at 6 p.m.