Snead examines weather and utilities issues



TheSneadTownCouncilseta6p.m.public hearing and work session for its next (May 23) meeting. Councilors will review the Blount County Hazard Mitigation Plan, before considering its adoption in its regular session. The town must have such a plan to qualify for federal and state grants. Fire chief Lee Netherton noted the town had received its weather siren from such a grant.

Netherton also won approval for an estimated $225 repair to the large-screen television at the fire station damaged by a power surge. According to utilities supervisor Jeff Whited, he had to replace a lift-station motor, which had burned with a power surge.

Mayor Tim Kent praised city workers and volunteers for their efforts during the recent severe weather experiences. He requested, however, that they set a time and meet with him to consider how they might improve even further their performances in such situations.

Town clerk Rae Ware reported receipt of consumer confidence reports (CCR). The town must mail the reports to all water customers by July 1, noted Ware.

Councilman Jack Freeman missed the May 9 meeting. The other councilors ( James Campbell, Phillip McHan, Curtis Painter, and Charles Sanders) joined Kent for the session. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the community center.