On the recommendation of utility operator Jeff Whited, the Snead council approved the purchase of two “insertion valves” to help maintain water supply to certain areas of the town in the event an incident might happen during state improvements around the intersection of Ala 75 and U.S. 278.
On a motion from councilman Dale Snead, the council voted to give Whited authority to work with a company to install two insertion valves, at a cost of $6,000 each, in water lines in the event of line breakages or other problems. The valves would help prevent water being cut off to large numbers of residents and businesses.
In another matter, Joann Bullard with Bullard Farms came before the council requesting action on newly installed culverts on Moore Road. She said settling of earth above the culverts had created trenches hard to drive over.
Whited agreed that settling of the road had occurred and he suggested the council approve a fix. Councilman Phillip McHan made a motion that the settled areas be corrected and the council approved.
The council also approved for town clerk Heather Lindsay to attend an annual conference for municipal clerks and administrators at Gulf Shores in December.
Mayor LaShone Price once again raised the need to seek a new court clerk. “We need to decide something. It wouldn’t hurt to advertise [the position],” he said. But council members made no motions.
On a motion from McHan, the council approved removing the name of Donna Chiz from the town accounts at Liberty Bank.
At the request of Snead Police Chief Stephen Gunn, councilman Snead made a motion, which passed, for CarFax to handle wreck reports at no cost to the town.
In his brief report, Snead Fire Chief Lee Netherton reported his department had 28 runs for the month.
Mayor Price and council members also briefly discussed plans for the upcoming town picnic and harvest festival with Lindsay. The event is set for Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.