Former Mayor Kent rejoins council

After the health-related resignation of councilman Jack Freeman last month, the Snead Town Council advertised for applicants and selected former Mayor Tim Kent to fill the vacant slot. Kent joined the council in its first regular February meeting.

Following routine department reports, Mayor Curtis Painter opened the session referring to previously discussed capital improvement funds. Councilman Greg Ogles presented two bids for blown insulation at the town hall and the council selected the lower bid provided by Mike’s Insulation.

Ogles then reported on bids for a door replacement at the hall but noted that he had failed to provide one of the bidders with a second option that was offered to the other. He won council approval to get a second quote and to accept the lower of the bids. He further explained that he had two who were to provide quotes for work to cover exposed wood trimmings with vinyl at the hall and had sought pricing for reworking the parking lot. In one final capital outlay matter, Ogles detailed concerns over wiring safety at ballpark concessions and, again, won approval to have an electrician evaluate and price any needed corrections.

As the council approved a chemical training workshop for utilities department employees Joseph Blackwood, Eddie Ellison, and Ty Webb, Ogles reintroduced a matter discussed at the end of 2013. He reminded the council of concerns over use of vacation-leave days and urged that the council begin work on providing clear procedures for employees’ use of vacation scheduling or compensation. From there, he added his concern that the council set up pay scales for all departments and require employees obtain additional training to move beyond those scales. In so doing, he alluded to a frequent council concern of obtaining additional certification for utilities employees to serve as reserves for director Jeff Whited when needed.

Councilors Phillip McHan, Charles Sanders, and Dale Snead joined Painter, Kent, and Ogles for the Feb. 10 session. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the community center.