Snead approves new Douglas water contract

The Snead Town Council voted to accept a new water contract proposal from Douglas Water Authority. The 10-year contract commits Snead to monthly purchases at a minimum of eight million gallons. That figure exceeds the prior contract minimum, but remains below regular monthly purchases over recent years.

Town attorney Brett King asked the council to table until the meeting’s end consideration of the contract for him to review it. Before the meeting closed, King advised members that the contract permits emergency price increases and regular annual 4 percent raises after the second year.

Utilities supervisor Jeff Whited reported he could recall only one price increase in previous years. Whited indicated approximately two to three million gallons monthly come from the town’s well, but that the way pipes run, the town cannot realistically use Douglas-supplied water over a portion of the system.

Whited reported earlier that work should begin soon on lines on Gilliland Rd. Members voted repair on Whited’s truck damaged in a backing accident.

Councilors approved a door panel repair on its police department’s K-9 vehicle. In other police action, chief Steven Gunn won approval to outfit his department’s new Tahoe vehicle with digital radio equipment. Gunn can pursue grant money for the equipment. He also reported the approved tower camera should soon be installed and operational.

Volunteer fire chief Lee Netherton won approval, contingent on physical and background checks, to add Odete Daniel to his department. He reported Daniel has EMT certification and would provide an additional resource for female victims. Mayor La’Shone Price asked Netherton to make installation of a newly funded department sign his top priority.

Councilors Tim Kent, Phillip McHan, Greg Ogles, Dale Snead, and Ann Sullins joined Price for the Jan. 14 meeting. Snead’s regular council meetings fall on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:30 p.m.