Blountsville Mayor Danny Baker began the Feb. 22 council meeting with an update on current bridge inspections completed by Tyson Burwell. Burwell, who was contracted by the council, reported that the bridges looked good and none of them required any repairs or updating this year.
Baker also announced that, starting in early Spring, College, Church, and Chestnut Streets, Solar Drive, and a short section of Ratliff Drive would be paved thanks to a $250,000 grant. The town’s match is $175,000, which will be taken from the 1 percent sales tax allocation the town receives from the county’s Moving Blount County Forward program. “This is going to serve approximately 208 residents living along these streets,” Baker said.
In other business, the council approved updates to its contract with CDG Engineers regarding payment for the engineering services they provide the town. The council also approved payment of $555 to Lori Criswell & Associates for the town’s year-end filing.
The council also approved a commercial appraisal on property at 69615 Main Street. Baker said, “We would like to see what we can do with the property and may be able to get it for the town.” Lastly, $1,400 was approved to cover the cost of repairs and replacements of computers at the police station.
The mayor read a petition from residents requesting the town rename the town’s park in honor of Marlin Murphree, who put in “hundreds of hours in the park and never charged the town anything.” The petition asks for it to be named The Marlin Murphree Memorial Town Park. The council will discuss this request at a future meeting.
In closing, council member Debra Sorrell thanked all parents who helped clean up the park and ball fields. She also thanked Krystall Tyree and her crew. She said they brought their construction trailer and helped with fields for free.
“It was nice to see everybody get involved and trying to make the park what it needs to be,” she said. “The fences are painted and look amazing. The ball fields are currently being worked on even though the rain is slowing them down a little.”
Before adjourning, Baker announced the dates of the town’s spring clean-up – Saturdays, March 13 and March 20. Baker said they are working to have three dumpsters set up beside Town Hall and hope to have gloves and trash bags donated.
“We want everyone to join in to clean our town up,” he said. Council member Tyler Cantrell added, “It’s going to take everybody on board if we want the town to look better.” Council member David Blaxton agreed, “It’s time to come together as a community.”