In its regularly scheduled council meeting on May 4, Blountsville mayor Michael Glass announced that town hall is now open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The library and park remain closed. The council will reevaluate those closures following state guidelines.
In a previously released statement, he said, “We appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate through this pandemic together. We want everyone to stay safe and healthy. We will continue to keep citizens updated about any changes that take place.”
The in-person council meeting was limited to 10 people and streamed via Facebook Live. Mandated six-foot social distancing requirement was followed.
Glass reminded everyone of the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. He said that data from the census determines how trillions of federal dollars are distributed and that any federal funds received will help Blountsville for the next several years. Citizens can participate online at my2020census.gov. The council discussed and approved:
• results from a public hearing regarding a variance request from Heather Buchanan to place a modular home on Hays Drive.
• purchase of an ad for The Blount Countian’s graduation section.
• Spring Valley Beach expansion resolution.
• purchase of six hand-held radios for the fire department. The council tabled:
• audit review with Lori Criswell of Criswell & Associates for fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2019.
• financial reports on the general fund for period ending April 30, 2020. Other business
Republic Services will have a CPI rate increase beginning June 2020.
The council is seeking nominations for town representative to the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Email nominations to email@example.com or call town hall at 205-429-2406.
Council members Dennis Beavers, Bob Cornelius, Ken Mullins and Barry Smith joined Glass. Cathy Irvin was absent. The next council meeting is Monday, June 8, at 6 p.m. Check town hall or the town’s Facebook page for any schedule changes.