Snead citizens voice complaint about police, drainage, sewage

Councilman Jack Freeman, a building contractor, agreed with Johnson on the need for a quick remedy. Freeman suggested that adding another 24-inch pipe beside the existing one, which drains Johnson's property, should solve the problem.


Three residents used the regular Snead Town Council meeting to lodge complaints over city services.

Betty Hill spoke first, referring to alleged statements police officers made concerning her daughter. Hill spoke of a Dec. 31 incident when her daughter fell ill at work. She said her daughter suffers from low blood sugar and had been sick that entire week. Someone at the grocery where the daughter worked telephoned Hill to come check on her daughter. Once Hill arrived she said she learned that at least one of the town officers had allegedly made derogatory remarks about her daughter.

Hill disputed the officer’s reported evaluation. She said she felt officers should make more thorough investigations before reaching conclusions about her daughter or any other. She said she had not yet decided whether to pursue her concerns with the ethics commission.

Shane Johnson addressed the council over repeated problems he has had with drainage on his property at Kassie Street. Johnson brought photographs to show how water had stood in his yard from a heavy rain a few years past and in the rains of more recent days. Johnson claimed he had brought the matter before city personnel several years earlier but that it fell on “deaf ears.” He noted that in the more recent incident, water reached under his house.

Councilman Jack Freeman, a building contractor, agreed with Johnson on the need for a quick remedy. Freeman suggested that adding another 24-inch pipe beside the existing one, which drains Johnson’s property, should solve the problem. The council eventually agreed to attempt Freeman’s suggested remedy. Freeman estimated the cost of that work would run around $2000.

Margaret Criswell, the last of the speakers, contended that two manholes in her yard continually overflow, gushing sewage there and into a nearby stream. She held that the flow runs year round, whether in wet or dry times.

Utilities supervisor Jeff Whited suggested the council might consider photographing the line along US 278 to see if there are leaks that could be causing the problems, Criswell reported. He conjectured the camera would show every leak. Councilors asked Whited to provide cost estimates for such videography.

Freeman, who has examined previous problems at the police station, reported on work he feels that building and grounds need. He promised to provide an estimate of a new metal roof for the next regular council meeting.

Members approved ammunition purchases and shotgun locks for police officers and cruisers. Whited advised them of his efforts to find free continuing education courses for the certified workers in his department. Councilors also approved advertising for a month the town’s police chief vacancy.

Mayor Tim Kent and councilman James Campbell missed the Jan. 12 session. Mayor pro tem Charles Sanders presided. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the town senior citizens building.