Snead names Brad Pannell to head its baseball committee

Brad Pannell, president of the local youth baseball program, requested that the Snead Town Council at its last regular meeting confirm him as the town’s official representative for its baseball program. He and councilman Jack Freeman indicated there had been some issues over who had the council’s endorsement.

Council members sought more details and finally decided to confirm Pannell to the committee chairmanship. Town clerk Rae Ware explained that the council had created the committee and, in her opinion, it could name to the chair whomever it wished.

Late in the meeting, Ware and Freeman reexamined a council decision from the prior February session. Freeman had won council approval to subsidize youth baseball players at $17 each up to 100 players. Freeman indicated he had believed that would cover all those participating in the Snead program. Later, he and Ware learned the full program had 40 or more additional participants. The council then corrected its previous action to include all players in the Snead baseball leagues, with the money to come from the town’s two-cent sales tax.

The council approved almost $1000 in repairs to a police vehicle. Members also accepted a $38,000 matching grant for the town’s volunteer fire department. That grant will require a $2033 town match. Fire chief Lee Netherton explained the department will use the grant for protective equipment.

Mayor Tim Kent moved the council bring part-time utilities employee J.J. Holland back on the payroll. Holland handles much of the town mowing and other duties as assigned from spring into fall.

Utilities supervisor Jeff Whited sought clarification on the council’s previous decision to require regular utilities employees pass sewer- and water-plant certifications. The council decided to allow a 30-day window for employees once they have completed training and have received notification of permission for testing.

Councilors approved the annual municipal waterpollution prevention report. They had received copies of the proposal at the previous meeting.

Freeman won approval to spend around $325 to convert the town’s old tennis courts into parking. He also offered to talk with Whitaker Construction, who is handling a project near the town, about problems on Blackmon Drive.

Councilors James Campbell, Phillip McHan, Curtis Painter, and Charles Sanders joined Freeman and Kent for the March 14 meeting. All but Sanders had met an hour early to view the new state ethics video, required by the 2010 ethics law revision. (According to Ware, Sanders had already seen the material online.)

The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the town community center at 7 p.m.