Snead authorizes purchase of land for water expansion

Snead councilmen authorized $1,250 each to Steve Graveman and Archie Kent for purchase and easement of two pieces of land for a planned water expansion. Town engineer Robert Nelson had previously recommended the expansion, which includes a tank and booster station, to alleviate problems for water customers in the Pearman and Mt. Carmel roads area.

The council directed utilities supervisor Jeff Whited to consult with Nelson and make preparations to advertise for bids on the estimated half-million dollar expansion. Whited sought that approval, indicating he hoped to move quickly to have the work completed by spring 2013. Whited also reported that the town appeared likely to receive a grant for a new storm shelter and weather siren.

Councilors approved police Chief Phillip Weaver’s request to replace one software program his department used with another. Weaver explained the new program tracks items in area pawn shops and will save time and money his officers use checking pawn shops for stolen items. Members agreed to the chief’s request to add David Millwood as a part-time officer, pending background and medical examinations, as well.

The council declared Steve Painter the top bidder at $1,101 to purchase the town’s surplus 2006 Crown Victoria police cruiser. Mayor Tim Kent opened bids from Jimmy Sullins (bid of $978) and Painter.

All members (Kent and councilors James Campbell, Jack Freeman, Phillip McHan, Curtis Painter, and Charles Sanders) attended the Sept. 10 session, along with more than 40 Oneonta High School senior government students and a handful of town residents. Councilors set a workshop for 6:30 p.m. before the Sept. 24 meeting. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the town community center.