Snead to continue contract with M4A for seniors

The Snead Town Council voted to continue its contract with M4A (Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging) for the upcoming year. The decision came two weeks after a discussion at the council’s last June regular meeting and after a workshop session immediately before its first regular July session.

Town clerk Rae Ware had suggested in the work session that the council delay its decision for another council meeting to permit time to examine costs for the senior program. She noted M4A had required the town to assume considerably more expense than when the two contracted in 2007 or 2008. Despite her recommended delay, she also advised eventual acceptance of the contract. She said the town might wish to make changes for the 2012-2013 program.

Ware reviewed the so-called “Meals on Wheels” delivery program at Oneonta and Blountsville. In both those cases, she asserted, the delivery of meals covers considerably fewer miles than from the Snead center. Jane Childers, who directs the town’s senior center, reported that the Nectar center delivery covers more than any other in the county, while that town has a very small tax base.

Upon approving the continued contract, the council also voted to increase mileage reimbursement for the meal delivery. Helen Smith, the regular driver, had sought the increase from 48.5 cents a mile to 51.5. Mayor Tim Kent spoke in the work session of having examined the list of seniors receiving meals and considered that the center meals might be the only ones some received each day. Before asserting that he could not see cutting back on the program, he obtained assurance from Ware that town revenues are holding steady. Other actions

Councilors agreed to allow the VFW and American Legion to use the community center for meetings. Jim Carroll, speaking for the groups, said there would be no drinking at the two-hour meetings, scheduled the first Thursday of the month.

Kent assured Steve and Cindy Hall of the Crossroad Cruisers the town will not have vendors at its annual first-Saturdayin August picnic.

Police chief Phillip Weaver introduced several of his department’s regular and reserve members. At the urging of Kent, he noted the capture of a home-burglary suspect by officer A. J. Blethen. The council approved Weaver’s request to declare surplus for sale a 2003 Crown Victoria cruiser. Members also decided to advertise a surplus fire truck on the govdeals website.

At the request of the Blount County Commission, councilors agreed to donate $1496 to the county animal control program. ( The commission asks towns to donate two dollars per resident to help operate that program.) Members also agreed to spend the $129 budgeted for BREMS (Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services). Ware explained that BREMS has assisted the town in obtaining supplies for the fire department.

Councilors also agreed to cover costs for Ware and utilities supervisor Jeff Whited to attend respective training classes related to their continuing education and town improvements.

Councilman Jack Freeman missed the July 11 meeting. All other councilmen ( James Campbell, Phillip McHan, Curtis Painter, and Charles Sanders) joined Kent for the session. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the community center.