Snead creates committee to advise on ballfield issues

Addressing some of the matters discussed at a pre-council work session, the Snead Town Council created a baseball committee to seek improvements to the town’s three ballfields. Councilman Jack Freeman moved to appoint Greg Ogles, Eddie Priest, David Criswell, Chris Mann, Kevin Shelton, and Curtis Simoneaux to the committee to work with him and fellow councilor Trudy Campbell.

Freeman and Campbell serve as liaisons between the department and council. Campbell had expressed some reservations over creation of the committee and cast the lone dissenting vote.

The action came after presentations to the council by Shelton, Priest, and Ogles. Priest, a Susan Moore resident and former professional baseball player, spoke from a prepared text early in the regular meeting. He said he has a son who is now involved in the town’s baseball league. He indicated he has no real problem with the town fees for playing in the league but questions what services the town provides from the fees.

Ogles listed over 30 categories exceeding $13,000 he and others feel the city needs to provide to bring the fields to safe, acceptable standards. Later, he indicated his embarrassment at attempting to hold tournaments at the fields.

Freeman obtained approval to begin initial field preparations and seeding. The council agreed to meet in a special session on Monday, Feb. 16, to examine further matters about the fields. Members also agreed to hold an additional workshop before their next regular meeting on Feb. 23.

Mayor Tim Kent and councilors James Campbell and Phillip McHan attended the Feb. 9 meeting along with Freeman and T. Campbell. Councilman Charles Sanders was absent. An article on the extended meeting will appear next week.