Snead approves supplemental pay for first responders

Last week in its regularly scheduled meeting, the Snead Town Council approved a one-time supplemental payment for the town’s police officers and firemen for their required duty throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Police officers will receive a one-time payment of $500 while firemen will receive $10 per call, not to exceed $500. Town attorney Brett King explained there is a “decent chance” the town could get reimbursed by federal or state governments.

Mayor La’Shone Price suggested the council give other city employees who worked throughout the pandemic supplemental pay as well. That matter was tabled.

Utility operator Jeff Whited reported that testing had been completed on the water meter at Snead Hydraulics. Three tests were completed with each showing the meter to be faulty. “But, we’re the ones losing on that,” he said.

He reported that a new meter has been installed. Initial testing shows usage is normal and not over the minimum. The bill had not been paid since February with an amount of $2,480 owed. Whited explained that it takes about three months of readings to get an average monthly usage.

Councilman Dale Snead recommended the council look at usage from December through February, take an average of the charges, and bill the company for that amount. The motion was approved.

In other matters the council:

• approved easement right for Alabama Power to run a guide wire across a small portion of town property in order for the company to supply power for a new doctor’s office.

• commended and recognized police sargent Deric Raney for his service to the town following a recommendation from Amanda Owens who recently spotted Raney helping a young woman needing assistance. Police Chief Steve Gunn also recognized Raney.

• adopted a resolution giving town employees the ability to move to a higher tier with their insurance policy.

• approved a request from Chief Gunn to hire Jim Kent as a part-time officer.

• renewed a bond for the fire department.

• approved a resolution requested by the town council allowing the utility board to resume regular business Aug. 1, which will allow the board to begin charging for overdue payments. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board has not been charging late fees.

• approved a resolution making town clerk Heather Lindsey the election official for the Aug. 25 municipal election.

• heard a report from Lindsey updating the status of past financial reports. She said almost all files are complete and will be ready for the audit soon. Also, she reported that the Alabama Bureau of Investigation has still not responded to the town’s request for a forensic audit.

The Snead Town Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.