Council addresses park and recreation issues in brief meeting

Town of Blountsville

The Blountsville Town Council met Jan. 4. Meetings are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, but they can be viewed via Facebook Live through the town’s Facebook page. Mayor Danny Baker and council members Ray Baxley, David Blaxton, Tyler Cantrell, Shannon Elkins, and Debra Sorrell attended.

Due to budgetary constraints, the council voted to eliminate the park and recreation director position. They noted the previous director had been laid off under the previous administration and had not been reinstated prior to the current administration taking office.

Sorrell also addressed areas of concern with the town’s baseball and softball facilities. With baseball season approaching, she cited several areas needing repairs or updates. Those include pressure washing fencing, bleachers, roof, dugouts, and sidewalks; scraping paint; painting fencing and concession stands; scraping the fields and adding fresh top soil or crushed red dirt if needed; and cutting and outlining the fields. The council noted they will get estimates to complete the items addressed.

In other action, the council adopted an ordinance for its participation in the state’s Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Free Holiday. The state waives the state portion of sales taxes on certain items from 12:01 a.m. Feb. 26 to midnight Feb. 28. With the passage of the ordinance, the municipal tax is also waived that weekend.

Before dismissing, Baxley reported on the progress of renovations of the police department. He said officers were doing renovations on their off time. Lastly, Cantrell encouraged the public to watch the fire safety video produced by Fire Chief Sam Johnson. It can be found on the Town of Blountsville Facebook page.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18. Look for an update on their Facebook page to see if the meeting will be open to public.