Blountsville to apply for grant funds

At Monday night’s Blountsville Town Council meeting, the council discussed several state and federal grants that are currently available.

Mayor Randy Millwood’s request to research grants that may provide funding for improvements to local streets was approved. The council also approved a motion to allow Terry Acuff, a grant writer for Communications Consultants, to apply for a sewer and utility improvement grant on the town’s behalf. Councilman Ken Wilson stated that he wanted to assure the public that the council will be looking into all grant possibilities and will go after all funding that is available.

In other business, the registration dates were established for rec league cheerleading and coaching. The council passed a motion to hold coaching registration March 12 through March 23. Registration for cheerleading was set for March 26 through April 9. Anyone interested in coaching can register at the town hall during normal business hours on the scheduled dates. Mayor Randy Millwood noted that late registration for children who wish to cheer will be available.

Town attorney Dalton NeSmith informed the council that although the testing conducted on the city pool has been completed, the final results still have not been received. He stated several attempts have been made to contact the company in charge of the testing, but the company has yet to respond.

The council was informed by the mayor that changes have been made by the election machine suppliers in regards to how absentee ballots must be handled. Since the town averages less than 50 absentee ballets per any given election, the council approved a motion to allow all absentee ballets to be hand-counted by the poll workers, instead of obtaining a new, separate machine that would be required for counting the ballots.

The mayor reminded the public that the town is still accepting applications for seasonal employment at the city pool, including certified lifeguards and a pool manager. Applicants may apply at the town hall during normal business hours.

He also announced that Sen. Scott Beason will be at the town hall tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. for a town meeting.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m.