Continuing what has become common practice, the Snead Town Council voted to cancel its second meeting in December considering family and holiday activities.
Members also decided to postpone their first scheduled January meeting from Monday the 11th to Tuesday the 12th, rather than conflict with the collegiate national football championship game. On a motion by Tim Kent, the council will hold a 30- minute work session at 6:30 p.m. immediately prior to the Jan. 12 session. That meeting will examine possible employee raises.
Town clerk Rae Ware asked councilors to decide on any mayor or council raises in January. She explained that state law requires finalizing raises for incoming officials by the end of February of the year of the next council’s election. In response to Councilman Dale Snead’s query of the last time the officials received raises, Ware noted the mayor had received one since the council, but the council has remained at $200 a month for quite some time.
The Huffstutler-King roads water line extensions returned to the front burner as utilities head Jeff Whited explained addi- tional charges for that project. A grant covered most of the work, but, on an offer from the contractor, the town agreed to pay for approximately 2200 additional feet. That agreement, originally set at $13 a foot, has grown several times. Whited won authorization for payment with an amount still to be settled between him and the contractor. He anticipates the city will pay another $6,000 to $8,000 before finally clearing the bill.
Police Chief Alan Hicks presented quotes to the council for equipment on his department’s new cruiser. Ware expressed some confusion over the charges which went beyond what she had budgeted. Hicks indicated he had quotes for the radio ($1,156.20) from Sharp Communications, which will handle installation and outfitting ($5,940) the vehicle. Ten-eight will provide a $1,500 camera for the car. Stalker will supply the radar equipment ($1,495).
Hicks asked for a $200 appropriation to send Josh Daniel for tactical-medical training at Herzing in Birmingham. Daniel, a volunteer firefighter, will receive instruction for on-site treatment for wounded in emergency police situations. Hicks said he and fire Chief Lee Netherton had consulted prior to making the request.
As Hicks discussed possible uses for Daniel, Councilman Tim Kent asked of the department’s severe-wound readiness. The two explored options with Kent asking that Hicks examine prices for tourniquet and staunching materials. Netherton offered his belief that his department has the devices, but that they would need bagging for individual police availability
Hicks won endorsement for adding Terry William Alexander to his department’s reserve program. As usual, Alexander’s addition is contingent upon his passing the required background check and physical.
Whited reported on his research for assistance in purchasing additional radio-read water meters. He explained that applications for grants or other assistance will not open again until 2016, but that he plans to explore the options he has discovered.
He won approval to purchase a new demolition saw for $950. He had reported the failure of the current equipment (a 1996 model) which the council agreed to donate to the fire department. Netherton explained he had someone who believes he can repair the older one.
Before the council recessed into an executive session, Ware pled for those traveling on overnight authorized town business to turn in final accommodation bills. She noted the auditor has reminded her that she needs these for full verification.
As noted, the council did recess into an executive session with town attorney Brett King. King cited ongoing contractual negotiations as the legal basis for the recess. He purported no further anticipated action beyond adjournment.
Councilors Phillip McHan and Greg Ogles missed the Dec. 14 meeting, with Mayor Curtis Painter and councilman Charles Sanders joining Snead and Kent.