Council conducts routine business

Blountsville Town Council

The Blountsville Town Council met at its regularly scheduled meeting time on Monday, August 5. Among several items of business was discussion of moving the town’s bank accounts. Those accounts are currently at Cadence Bank. Following discussion of banking options, the council voted and approved moving the accounts to HomeTown Bank of Alabama, which recently opened its Cleveland branch.

The council reviewed a variance application from Patti Howell seeking approval to place a manufactured home at property located at 69844 Main Street. Notices will be sent and a public hearing set before the council will take any action on the request.

Discussion continued on the proposed lease with the Blount County Board of Education’s use of park and recreation facilities. A copy of the lease agreement, survey, and invoice for the survey was sent to superintendent Rodney Green. It is on the agenda for the school board’s next meeting.

Updates were given on properties not in compliance with the town’s building code ordinances. Notices have been sent out, and it was noted that the town has been working with one of the property owners on the list for three years regarding compliance. A motion was approved to send court notice for this particular property.

In other business, the council approved:

• the town’s annual Senior Center contract with Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A).

• the town’s annual contract of services with the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce.

• police chief training classes.

• fire department loan payoff of $4,000 for the fire truck that was purchased.

• $100 to pay for the town’s annual bridge inspection. The inspector’s report was previously submitted to the council.

Before adjourning, the council discussed:

• contract for collection of sales taxes and delinquent business license collections by Avenu Insights and Analytics, LLC. A motion was made to delay action until council had more information regarding annual cost.

• fire commissioner Sam Johnson’s presentation of contract with Vehicle Fire Recovery USA. He gave the council packets to review so they could discuss at the next meeting. This recovery policy would help the department recover some of its yearly expenses.

• vacancy on the Blountsville Utilities Board.

• closing of the Alabama Power Company Blountsville office. Letters have been sent to customers informing them of the closure and of local businesses that will accept customer payments. Dollar General in Blountsville is one of the authorized locations.

All council members were present. The next regular meeting of the town council is Monday, August 19, at 6 p.m. A budget work session and review of current financial statements will be held on August 19, at 5 p.m.