Snead slowly reopening

“I think we are the only one that hasn’t got town hall back up,” said Snead council member Tim Kent as he urged the council to consider reopening town hall to a pre-COVID level. Kent noted that staff doesn’t always have a mask on since they are typically in their own office space with no visitors. As they work towards a full reopening, he expressed the importance of wearing masks when visitors come in.

Council member Dale Snead said he agreed that when a customer comes into town hall, employees should always wear their masks. While Snead agreed that town hall needed to reopen, he had concerns about reopening the senior center since seniors are more susceptible to the virus. Council member Ann Sullins also expressed concern about the senior center.

Concerning the softball and baseball fields, council member Greg Ogles also suggested that the fields be open as long as players sign a waiver releasing the town of any liability should someone become sick.

At the conclusion of the discussion, Kent proposed that the town reopen its offices on Oct. 1, to give the public and employees time to adjust. The proposal passed.

Matt Taylor, a partner with Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, told the council that a financial audit is required by the state and suggested the best course of action is to cover the past two years at one time. Kent thanked him for coming and told him that the council looks forward to seeing the full proposal. He also explained that the town is in the middle of a forensic audit.

Police chief Stephen Gunn commended officer Marcus Hudgins for two successful traffic stops. Hudgins initially pulled over a van for speeding. Once pulled over, Hudgins discovered the van was stolen and the suspect was arrested. In the second incident, Hudgins pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation. After further inspection, a large quantity of meth was discovered resulting in the driver’s arrest. The activity report from August showed 438 calls. Traffic stops and security checks topped the activities.

Council member Phillip McHan reported the fire department had 43 calls over the past month. Lee Netherton, fire chief, also updated the council on the status of a federal grant the department had applied for, explaining that they are “still in the running.”

On a motion by Kent, the council approved an expenditure of $710.54 as reimbursement to Tamra Alldredge for a municipal law conference.

In other matters, the council approved:

• completion of a drive-thru window for the town clerk.

• hiring John Smallwood to remove old shrubs, bushes, and weeds at the senior center, as well as clean up and trim around the building.

All council members were present. Mayor LaShone Price was not in attendance. The Snead council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Community Center.