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From The Blount Countian, April 7, 1993


Blountsville residents oppose mandatory sewer service

The purpose of the public hearing at the beginning of Monday night’s Blountsville Town Council meeting was to discuss making sewer service mandatory when the service is available. Allen Gilliland, chairman of the Blountsville Utilities Board, repeated this purpose as discussions sometimes led in other directions.

The 20 or so residents were united in their feeling about mandatory sewer service. They were against it.

Gilliland explained the Putman Well is in danger of being contaminated because “of waste from warm-blooded animals.” If a well is ever contaminated, he said, it must be closed. Another well or an elaborate water-cleansing system would then be needed.

Gilliland expects the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to require all public systems to have mandatory sewer service at sometime in the future.

A million dollars and a post office

Mayor Danny Hicks says he could count his second term in office a success if he could put a million dollars in the bank for the city and see Oneonta with a new post office.

Until last weekend, given the number of years city officials have pushed for a new postal facility, one of his goals seemed about as unattainable as the other.

Congressman Tom Bevill’s announcement Friday that the U.S. Postal Service had notified him construction of a new post office here has been approved put the mayor halfway there.

City school board looks for best assignment of administrative duties

Now that the school board has seen completion of a million-dollar expansion of the Oneonta City School plant, it can turn its attention to hiring a successor for Supt. Bill Burdette.

At its March meeting, the board had extended Burdette’s contract through Aug. 31 and accepted his notice of retirement that day.

Meeting in special session Monday to begin the selection process, board members agreed to consider services Alabama Association of School Boards offers in advertising administrative positions and screening resumes. But they didn’t agree whether it’s better to hire a superintendent or a superintendent/ principal.