Otelco to provide service for library

Town of Blountsville

The Blountsville Town Council selected Otelco (Oneonta Telephone Company) to provide cable television and Internet service to the public library.

The old service was donated to the library but securing technical support from the out-of-area company was problematic. The new service by the local provider includes DSL (digital subscriber line) service, equipment, higher broadband width, and local technical support at the reduced rate of $29.99 per month.

To begin the Jan. 5 meeting, the council received an update from Pete Younce with Revenue Discovery Systems (RDS), formerly known as Alatax. He explained to the new council the services provided by his company and reminded the councilors, “Our clients are governments. We help them raise revenue, not taxes.”

He told the council that RDS helps municipalities such as Blountsville to process taxes and fees, find late-payment money, and help audit revenue sources. More specifically, RDS processes Blountsville’s sales taxes and business license fees.

Younce pointed out that Blountsville has had strong, consistent growth over the last three years and the number of taxpayers had grown, as well. He concluded by complimenting the town, stating that 30 percent of the total revenue had come from home-grown businesses and that “is something the town should be very proud of.”

The town is in the middle of a three-year contract with the company.

In other business, the council:

•heard a proposal from a representative of the park and recreation board concerning fees for spring sports. The council voted to raise participation fees from $80 to $90 per child. The higher fees, it was explained, will cover higher costs for electricity and concession-stand items and will provide each participant with a medallion at the end of the season. Fees for fall sports will be addressed later.

•tabled a decision on allowing a traditional Indian powwow. The group, which hosted a similar event last year on land behind the library, gained council support for the event and will submit a final date at the next council meeting.

•voted to have a special work session on Monday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. to consider a Main Street stimulus packet. The package is designed for cities to receive a portion of an estimated $700 billion in grants to be awarded over the next few years.

Finally, Mayor Randy Millwood appointed council members Ken Wilson and Ken Mullins to serve with him on a newly created hiring committee. The committee will accept applications and make recommendations to the council for the position of police chief.

The mayor pointed out the city would accept applications for the position through Jan. 30, and already the city had received almost 20 inquiries.

Mayor Millwood announced that the Blountsville Neighborhood Watch will meet every fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. at town hall.

The Blountsville Town Council meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 6 p.m. at city hall. However, the next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The mayor and all council members – Wilson, Mullins, Michael Glass, Barry Smith, and Marlin Murphree – attended the Jan. 5 meeting.