Snead council looks at financial matters

The Snead Town Council considered several financial matters and entertained a request for a future appropriation in its latest session. Councilors present voted to accept an almost $1,300 Labor Day grant administered through Jefferson State Community College. That grant pays participating local police for DUI checks and enforcement during that holiday period. The town has long participated in such programs.

Members authorized town clerk Rae Ware to negotiate terms with HomeTown Bank for renewal on a nearly $6,500 fire department certificate of deposit (CD). When quizzed on the CD, Ware explained it had been a 12-month certificate and that she would like to renew for 12 or 24 months depending on interest rates available. She noted that she would contact the bank but clarified that the mayor would have to act officially as the town agent.

In a separate matter, Mayor Curtis Painter later announced the closing of the local branch of Cadence Bank. Joyce Breasseale, the town’s chamber of commerce representative and an employee of the bank, asked to expand on the letter the town had received about the closing. She explained that some who had received letters had misunderstood options available to them. While the town accounts will be administered through the bank’s Blountsville office, officials and other account holders may use any Cadence Bank branch to conduct business.

Upon learning that some lights were still out on the town’s walking track, Councilman Tim Kent won approval to authorize Painter to arrange for the repair or replacement of the lights. In a related matter which had arisen from the prior meeting’s discussion, Councilman Greg Ogles inquired about efforts to purchase a bucket truck. Utilities supervisor Jeff Whited explained he was still soliciting information on such.

Jane Childers, who volunteers her services with the town’s annual picnic, forwarded a request from Grace Baptist Church to hold a youth fundraiser at the picnic. Following brief discussion, members agreed to approve the church’s request.

Speaking prior to any council action, Blount County Economic Development Board member and Blountsville businessman Allen Gilliland requested the council consider an appropriation in its 2015 budget for the development board. The board is seeking $2 per resident from each of the incorporated municipalities in the county. Snead’s 2010 census figures list the town with 835 residents.

Ryan Fortenberry, independent candidate for county sheriff, addressed the body after Gilliland. Fortenberry distributed a flyer and spoke of his motivation for seeking the office.

Councilmen Phillip McHan and Dale Snead missed the July 28 meeting. Councilman Charles Sanders joined Painter, Kent, and Ogles for the relatively brief session. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the town community center.