Snead puts vehicles up for bids, aids employees

The Snead Town Council voted to place a 2001 Nissan Frontier and its old 1976 fire engine for sale on the govdeals website. Police obtained the Frontier along with cash in a drug seizure. Members set a $5000 reserve for bids on the fire truck.

Councilors accepted fire chief Lee Netherton’s recommendation to authorize Sunbelt Fire Apparatus to test the town’s pumper engines. Sunbelt, which provided the newest fire truck, replaces usual servicer Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus. By using Sunbelt representatives, who will be in town for services related to the new vehicle, the town can save transportation costs and loss of vehicle availability during the usual trips out of town.

Members approved sending one of its police officers to an advanced interviewing class in New Orleans. Pending usual background and physical checks, they also accepted adding Christine Zimmerman to the town’s volunteer fire department. Following Zimmerman’s addition, councilor Charles Sanders won permission to purchase new shirts for department members.

In other personnel matters, the council approved a 5- percent pay raise, already placed in the budget, for all full-time employees and purchase of a new health insurance plan to replace the current one scheduled for elimination in January. The new plan will cost the city approximately $8000 more a year. Mayor Tim Kent indicated the town might have to consider eventually having employees pick up part of their insurance costs, if the service continues to rise significantly in price.

Before adjourning, councilors accepted a $1500 grant from the county Health Care Authority for use toward a $1565.71 purchase of fire and medical supplies. Members also agreed to hold a public work session at 6:30 p.m. before their next council meeting.

James Campbell, Jack Freeman, Phillip McHan, and Curtis Painter joined Sanders and Kent for the Oct. 11 session. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the community center.