Council to consider dog ordinance

A new dog ordinance prepared by attorney Brett King was given to the Snead Town Council at last week’s meeting. The updated ordinance sets fines for dog owners: $25 for first offense and $250 for two-time offenders. The third offence will cost the owner of the dog not only a $250 fine, but also could result in dog impoundment. The council has tabled the motion to pass Ordinance 2016-03 until each of the councilmen has read the final copy.

In other business, police Chief Alan Hicks reported that his department had handled 12 arrests and issued 24 citations. The fire and rescue department reported that there were 29 total calls – 20 medical, three traffic accidents, two fires, and four public service calls.

Joyce Debter, the town’s representative to Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, told the council that Dr. Phillip Cleveland, a Blount County native and currently interim Alabama Superintendent of Education, will be the guest speaker at the Chamber luncheon on June 29. The event will be held at the World Outreach Center in Oneonta.

In her report, town clerk Rae Ware told the council that Matthew Smith is now a certified police officer. The town paid $1,632 for his training, but through a grant, the town was reimbursed $1,300.

The council passed Resolution 2016-04 Appointing of Officers for Election and Ware reminded the council that the next meeting would be the final deadline to elect officers in time for the next election.

The council received a letter from the first-grade teachers at Susan Moore Elementary School asking for money to paint murals in their hallways. The council voted unanimously to give the teachers $250 for the project. Also, councilman Greg Ogles reported that many people would like to see a volleyball court put up beside the basketball court. He had compared prices for what they needed – weather-resistant adjustable poles and pads for the poles. The council passed a motion to put $1,009 towards the volleyball equipment for the park.

Finally, the town council passed an ordinance setting qualification fees for municipal election. It was decided that fees would be set at $50 for mayoral candidates and $30 for council hopefuls.

Councilmen Ogles, Dale Snead, Charles Sanders, Tim Kent, and Phillip McHan were present along with Mayor Curtis Painter, Ware, King, Hicks, and members of the community were in attendance.

The Snead Town Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m.