Snead moves forward on recreational matters

Despite the absence of councilman Greg Ogles, who coordinates council work with the park and recreation committee, the Snead Town Council authorized removal of seven trees and the trimming of others as needed around the town walking track. The matter had been under discussion previously and three sealed bids were received for the work.

The council accepted the lowest bid from Ross Brothers of $2,500 for the removal and $160 per hour for trimming work. Graves Tree Service at $3,250/$200 an hour and Chad Ward at $5,320 were the other two bidders.

Utilities supervisor Jeff Whited suggested the town discuss with Ross Brothers its possible assistance in preparing poles for lighting at the town’s new outdoor basketball courts. Councilors had noted safety concerns over worker attempts to connect lights to the poles. Members agreed to pursue Whited’s suggestion.

With Ogles and councilman Charles Sanders out, the council could not obtain enough votes to accept a quote from Verizon to replace the town’s two current wireless communication systems. Councilman Dale Snead, an employee of Alabama Power which has ties to Southern Link – one of the providers, and Mayor Curtis Painter had abstained on the original motion to accept the Verizon quote. Councilman Tim Kent then withdrew his motion awaiting discussion at a work session scheduled at 6:30 p.m. before the council’s next meeting on July 14.

Painter announced that the required annual water board’s CCRs (Consumer Confidence Reports) were printed and ready for mailing. He also noted the sale of the town’s 1976 GMC fire department tanker for $1,025 through the govdeals website.

Phillip McHan joined Painter, Snead, and Kent for the June 24 meeting. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the town community center. With the runoff election scheduled the day after the next regular meeting, the July 14 session may be moved to either the fire hall or town hall.