Memorial to honor former councilman

In his council’s latest action, Snead Mayor Curtis Painter won approval to place a gazebo on town property. The gazebo, donated by Billy Jack Roberts, will recognize the life and service of former councilman Jack Freeman. Freeman served several years on the council before his resignation prior to his death last year.

The gazebo will be located between the police and fire stations adjacent to one of Freeman’s most visible successes, the veterans flag memorial and garden. While the local VFW and other contributors provided funds for construction of that memorial, Freeman guided approval of the project through the council and helped oversee its completion.

In other action, councilors agreed to consolidate cell phone service with Verizon. According to a report distributed by town clerk Rae Ware, that action should save the town over $138 a month. In a 30-minute work session immediately prior to the regular session, councilors and police chief Phillip Weaver decided to reduce initial costs by opting for seven iPhone 4s and seven iPhone 5s.

Members approved adding Eric Smart to the volunteer fire department, contingent on his passing the regular physical and background requirements. They also approved covering costs related to continuing certification training for municipal court clerk Lucretia Long. Long will attend a conference at Orange Beach sponsored by the Alabama Municipal Court Clerks and Magistrates Association. In another employee matter, Painter and Ware encouraged council members to read the updated personnel policy to remind themselves of those regulations. Councilors spent some time discussing the upcoming annual picnic. At the request of resident Jane Childers and with the input of councilor and former mayor Tim Kent, members agreed to provide town employees who work the Saturday, Aug. 2, event a compensatory day off.

Dealing with park and recreational matters, councilman Greg Ogles confirmed installation of lights at the new outdoor basketball court and discussed options for assuring the lights are turned off at the designated 10 p.m. closing. Painter reported some lights are out at the town track. That report led to a discussion of pursuing the purchase of a used bucket truck for the town. Utilities supervisor Jeff Whited agreed to examine bucket truck options.

Councilmen Phillip McHan and Charles Sanders joined Painter, Kent, and Ogles for the July 14 meeting. Councilman Dale Snead missed the session. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the community center.