The Blountsville Town Council met Aug. 16, and also had a special council meeting on Aug. 19 to discuss potential purchases that were time sensitive. Mayor Danny Baker announced, “Due to rising COVID-19 cases in our area, the town lobby will be closed to the public. This is for the safety of our employees and the public. This will remain in effect until cases decline.
“All necessary payments can still be made in the outside dropbox. The staff will still be working and answering your calls during regular business hours. Stay safe!” He also encouraged everyone to continue to social distance and wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
The council heard from Marie Brindle, representative from Friends of the Locust Fork River. She encouraged everyone to contact ADEM (Alabama Department of Environmental Management) regarding reclassification of the Locust Fork for “swimming and other whole body contact sports.” Currently, it is classified for “fish and wildlife.”
This reclassification would be a great opportunity for eco-tourism to the area. In addition, it would further help “in taking proper care of this natural resource for current and future generations,” Brindle explained. For other opportunities to help and volunteer, visit www.flfr.org or Friends of the Locust Fork River Facebook page. FLFR was founded in 1991, and is celebrating its 30th year. The council thanked Brindle and other volunteers for all they do.
In other business, the council:
• rescinded approval of police officer hired Aug. 2. Assistant police chief Thomas Mullins recommended Conner Stone for the position. Stone, who is from Blountsville, will begin serving in a few weeks.
• agreed to purchase a bulletproof vest from the Cleveland Police Department in the amount of $150 for Stone.
• hired Alvis Chappell as the new assistant fire chief.
• approved Carr, Riggs & Ingram as the town’s accountant and auditor.
• adopted its 2021 Rebuild Alabama Transportation Plan which stated, “The Town of Blountsville adopts this annual Transportation Plan to use the estimated revenues of $12,500 anticipated from the Rebuild Alabama Act (Fuel Bill) fund during the 2022 Fiscal Year to perform roadway improvements, repairs, resurfacing, reconstruction, or maintenance of Cedar Lane and/or as match monies for any state or federal grant funded projects to perform roadway improvements, repairs, resurfacing, reconstruction, or maintenance within our existing street/road network during said fiscal year.”
• rescinded resolution #21-0816-01.
• approved resolution 2021-0819-01-R for the purchase of police vehicles (two Ford Explorers to be purchased through the town’s American Rescue Plan allocation, not to exceed $79,500.) These vehicles will serve as COVID-19 transportation vehicles.
In other announcements:
• Fire Chief Sam Johnson praised Blountsville police officers and thanked them for their help: Chief David Baker, Mullins, and officer Shane Best.
• Council member David Blaxton reminded the community to notice the flower beds at the post office. “The Garden Club has spent the last two Saturdays cleaning the beds and did a really good job,” he said. “Also, they are working on the two Welcome to Blountsville signs and are in the process of having a flower bed in front of them.”
• Council member Debra Sorrell announced the start of coed softball. The games will be on Monday nights and the league currently has six teams.
• The council reminded residents of the Blountsville Harvest Festival which is Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Main Street.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m., due to Labor Day. With Town Hall currently closed to the public, you can watch the meeting online via the Town of Blountsville Facebook page.