Russell Thurston

Everyone was full of praise for how well the December 5 Brookneal Christmas Parade turned out at the December 10 council meeting. Public Works Director Mike Crews mentioned that he heard people say they thought it was one of the best parades the town has ever had!

Crews also told council that the 2010 sanitation truck has been in the shop since November 19. “It was supposed to be out by December 9, but we don’t have it yet. We’ve been borrowing a truck from Gretna,” he said.

During Town Manager Russell Thurston’s address to council, Thurston added that the new truck on order is being built in Texas at a freight liner plant. “It’s being built to our specifications and we should have it by the end of February or early March.”

Thurston went on to say, “We really appreciate the Town of Gretna and Town Manager David Lilly for their valuable assistance during our time of need.”

Prep work is continuing at the town reservoir as Brookneal prepares for Dominion Power to put in lights and electricity. “Lots of work has been done and we will contact Dominion to get a date and time for them to come. We hope to have it open in early 2020 when there is plenty of good fishing available in the cold weather,” Thurston commented.

A new auditor, Creedle, Jones & Associates, is working with the town. Everyone is pleased with how smoothly things are going especially since a lower price tag for their service is being provided. Clerk/Treasurer Bobbie Waller commented that the new auditor being familiar with the software is a definite help to the office.

Jerry Reynolds and his accounting firm was the town auditor for 30 plus years. Government accounting has some unique and challenging components and Reynolds felt it might be a better fit to find an auditor who specializes in local government accounting.

A mutual decision was made that it was time for the town to select a new auditor. “The town greatly appreciates Reynolds for his many years of service and dedication to the Town of Brookneal,” says Thurston.

Other business

*Council member Phyllis Campbell spearheaded a motion to cancel the December 2020 meeting unless something urgent comes up since it’s such a hectic time of year with so many scheduling conflicts arising.

*A joint Christmas dinner at Sonny Buck’s Diner with Altavista and Campbell County went very well with everyone having a good time.

*New street lights with a longer life span will be installed at 17 locations. The old bulbs are expensive to replace and have a much shorter lifespan than the newer LED bulbs.

*Water meters will be read December 19-20.

*Trash pickup will be altered for the upcoming holidays with the December 25 and 31 pickups rescheduled for Monday of both weeks. Things will be back on the regular schedule on Thursday of those particular weeks.

*Thurston fine-tuned an RFP for the upcoming lodging feasibility study.

*Council member Mark Wilkes said things had gone well installing new playground equipment at the town ball park. Kids are already playing on it. Wilkes adds that a formal grand opening will be held later.

*A Little Free Library has been installed at the ball park by her family in honor of the late Meg Tibbs.

**The 2010 sanitation truck ended up returning to service on December 11.