Snead hears from Douglas water department head

With Mayor Tim Kent and long-time councilman Phillip McHan absent, the Snead Town Council delayed consideration on several matters. Bill Foshee, manager of the Douglas Water Department, began the meeting expressing concerns over possible town plans.

Kent had indicated at a previous meeting his desire to see Snead independent in its water sources. The town buys several million gallons of water from Douglas each year. Foshee sought assurances of a continued relationship with the town. Beyond that assurance, Foshee also reminded the council that its contract with Douglas has expired.

Foshee reviewed Douglas’s water capacity and planned expansions. In discussion, councilman Jack Freeman proposed that Foshee have his attorney prepare a contract for the town to review for later action.

In other business, the council tabled a request from assistant police chief Joseph Blackwood to declare several vehicles as surplus and purchase a used cruiser.

As the council moved to its normally perfunctory approval of bills, Freeman launched into a discussion of legal and engineering fees. He tied most of the fees to issues related to Lee Ridge Drive. That street has been a headache for its developer, residents, and the council. The question of its legal ownership and continued deterioration has embroiled nearly two years of council sessions.

Despite Freeman’s observation that councilors “bust our cans trying to save money and then the [town] spends like a drunk sailor,” he joined the other members present in authorizing paying the bills.

In later action, Freeman also concurred in authorizing the purchase of a $5,000 generator for emergency use. The purchase of the state surplus generator is contingent on its review and approval by a town obtained electrician.

Following fire chief Lee Netherton’s report, Freeman quizzed him on the councilors’ idea of renting spaces at the track for a Saturday yard sale. The rental would help fund fire department needs.

Councilman Curtis Painter, who made the generator motion, delayed adjournment with several questions. He cited several past council motions or directives which have not been executed. Among those mentioned: a street light at Lee Ridge Drive, a sinkhole, work on a one-ton truck prior to it being declared surplus, and use of a motor grader near the town water tank. He emphasized the town needs to act or the council needs to rescind these motions.

Mayor pro tem Charles Sanders presided and councilman James Campbell joined Freeman and Painter for the March 26 meeting. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the town community center.