Blountsville striving for improved appearance

Blountsville Mayor Randy Millwood, and the Blountsville town council members present at last week’s meeting, approved several motions in a collective effort to improve the community’s overall appearance.

Although the town received a grant in 2010 to renovate the city pool, structural issues have since been discovered. After an executive session, the mayor and council voted to allow Keith Owens of MBA Engineers Inc. to examine the city pool and determine the exact nature of the problems.

Millwood said he has received complaints from local citizens regarding abandoned properties in the area that do not appear to be up to code. A list of specific addresses has been started. Three certified letters have already been mailed out and approximately 12 more property owners are to be notified of code violations in the near future. Town attorney Dalton NeSmith, who was at the meeting, will assist with the letters.

The council approved Mayor Millwood’s motion to allow him to research federal highway grants. He told the council that he had recently learned that $2.4 million is available through 12 different grant programs. The mayor was to determine if any of the federal money would be available to the town. The application deadline is Jan. 6, 2012.

Councilman Ken Wilson noted a stop sign in the area that is hard to see until you are right in front of it. The mayor asked Police Chief Ray Baxley, also present at the meeting, to have his officers take note of any street signs or street lights throughout the town that may need to be repaired or replaced.

The mayor reminded the public that the Blountsville City Hall will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays on Friday, Dec. 23; Monday, Dec. 26; and Monday, Jan. 2.

Council members attending the Dec. 19 meeting in addition to the mayor and Wilson were Michael Glass, Barry Smith, and Ken Mullins. Councilman Marlin Murphree was absent.

Due to holiday closings, the next council meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 5, at 6 p.m.