Snead seeks bids on town timber

Snead Mayor La’Shone Price announced receipt of an $18,000 bid to cut timber on the town’s some 40 acres at its industrial park. In past meetings, councilors had discussed the need to upgrade the park, beginning with surveying and clearing.

As members considered the offer, councilman Dale Snead suggested the council await completion of the survey before soliciting bids. Price noted the corners appeared set. Councilman Greg Ogles moved and won approval for the town to begin advertising for bids on the timber.

The insurance company totaled the town’s 2011 Crown Victoria Ford cruiser involved in a pursuit accident last month. Police Chief Alan Hicks advised he would like to apply the $4,035 received toward purchase of a used vehicle. Price spoke of his preference for a new vehicle but noted the council would have the final say. Hicks reported that his officers and others have complained that the new vehicles do not offer as much cabin space as the older models. Councilors directed Hicks to obtain prices for their consideration.

Town employee Jennifer Adams spent some time reviewing her efforts and plans for the town’s picnic and harvest festival. Previously, the council had voted to move their usual August picnic to anticipated cooler days in September. After viewing Adams’s estimated costs and determining other likely expenses, Ogles offered a motion to allocate $5,500 for town expenditures toward the Sept. 30 event. The motion passed unanimously.

Utilities head Jeff Whited reported his department will soon begin testing the Susan Moore School water for lead and copper. The state department of education has set a three-year deadline for testing of all public school water supplies for the dangerous materials.

In other business, Price reported that newly designed shirts for the town’s volunteer fire department have arrived.

Remaining council members Tim Kent, Phillip McHan, and Ann Sullins joined Price, Ogles, and Snead for the Aug. 28 meeting. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the town community center. Councilors agreed to conduct a workshop at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the potential 2018 budget prior to their next meeting on Sept. 11.