New police vehicles approved




Acting police Chief Dan Freda gave the Blountsville Town Council estimates for two new vehicles for his department during Monday night’s meeting.

Freda explained to the council the need for the vehicles, citing as an example that the department’s newest and best vehicle is currently undergoing engine work.

He recommended the purchase of two 2015 Chevrolet Tahoes, at a cost of approximately $35,00 each. That cost includes the vehicle purchase plus the installation of equipment – lights, siren, cages, etc. – to make the vehicles ready for use.

The council voted to purchase the vehicles with the money to come from a loan from one of three local banks at the most competitive rate. The vehicles are expected to be ready within 90 days.

Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce executive director Aimee Wilson, along with chamber board member Don Graves, thanked the council for the town’s confidence in the chamber. The two also expressed their intent to work closely with the town for community projects and events.

In other business, the council heard from a business owner concerning the town’s alcohol ordinances. She asked that the council look at overturning the ordinance that says the alcohol business license fee cannot be prorated monthly. She questioned the purchasing of a license for $3,000 during the month of November that would only be good for two months.

The 2015 license could be purchased this month but the council would have to check the legalities of the business operating before January with the 2015 license.

The council also:

•authorized Hope House to administer drug testing for town employees in case of accident or emergency.

•announced that the utilities board and the library board will have vacancies soon.

•discussed options for tinting the front windows of the town hall and installation of security cameras.

Finally, Councilman Dennis Beavers requested that the town look into possible electrical work at the high school baseball field.

He said the J.B. Pennington baseball team had raised money for work on the backstop fencing but Alabama Power said the existing switches would have to be moved.

The council asked Beavers to get cost estimates to present at the next meeting.

Present at the Nov. 17 meeting were Beavers, Mayor Michael Glass, council members Barry Smith, Larry Newman, Dicey Childers, and Ken Mullins, town clerk Alethea Bailey, and several visitors.