Snead and Crossroads Cruisers part ways

Speaking with The Blount Countian and later to his council, Snead Mayor Curtis Painter announced the Crossroads Cruisers will not hold their usual car show in association with the town’s annual August picnic. Painter indicated that Crossroads spokesman Danny Bailey had held fast to his position that the town sign an agreement with the Cruisers in order to continue the relationship.

Painter said he had told Bailey he did not foresee the council agreeing to that condition. The mayor viewed the agreement as usurping the town’s authority over the event. He said he foresees no hard feelings on the part of either in the dissolution.

Much of the Feb. 11 council meeting dealt with utility and personnel matters. Utilities supervisor Jeff Whited announced receipt of the ADEM (Alabama Department of Environmental Management) permit for the town’s new proposed booster station. He anticipates opening bidding on March 7. He also revealed the town has received permission to apply money left over from a previous grant toward a new generator. The grant will cover some $10,000 of the expected cost of more than $18,000 for the generator.

Painter advised the council of a notice from the Douglas Water Department announcing an increase of 10 cents per 1000 gallons to Snead. Snead contracts to buy part of its water from Douglas.

In personnel matters, police Chief Phillip Weaver won approval to list Daniel Freda and Luke Shepard as parttime officers. The council also approved adding volunteer firefighter Joseph Winfrey to the police reserves.

Painter praised the flag display provided by the local VFW outside the police station. That project culminates several months of discussion and work on the organization’s part. The town will take over maintenance, landscaping, and utility charges for the lighted display.

Councilman Jack Freeman missed the session but all other members (Phillip McHan, Greg Ogles, Charles Sanders, and Dale Snead) joined Painter for the session. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the town community center.