As soon as the town board of Castalia's regular monthly meeting was called to order, there were disagreements. Town Commissioner Patsy Fisher would not accept the minutes of the previous regular meeting and two special meetings before changes were made. Fisher stated that she had asked about setting fees for the rental of the park in a previous meeting and had been told that the Park Committee was taking care of it.
"There's nothing in there [the minutes] about it, and before I go any further - the Park Committee cannot set fees for the park," Fisher explained. "It is not legal. The Park Committee doesn't have the power to do that."
Fisher also had a comment about the tractor being purchased to maintain the ball fields at the park. In a previous meeting, Fisher had asked about using Powell Bill funds for the purchase of the tractor, since she thought it would also be used to maintain the ditch banks and roadsides in town. However, that is not the case; the new tractor will be exclusively for park maintenance. "If I'd have known it was just going to be used for that park, I'd have voted no." After some discussion, the board voted to accept the minutes, on the condition that they would be amended to reflect the corrections.
At a special called meeting on Wednesday, March 22 the board voted to award A Plus Disposal with the town's trash collection contract. A Plus will charge the town $18.50 per customer. Previously, under the Waste Management contract, Nash County handled the fee collection. Nash County will still handle the collection and customers will still be charged the same amount as they are currently paying, around $22. Commissionor Brian Hinkle said at the regular meeting on April 4, "I'd still like to put on the record that I'm on board with changing or transferring our service, but totally opposed with the pricing."
The next Park and Fourth of July Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, at 7 pm in the town hall. The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the park is set for May 3 at 1 pm. Mayor Ellene Leonard said, "All you Commissioners need to be there."
In other news, the board also respectfully declined an invitation to participate in this year's Nashville Blooming Festival. Also, the board voted to adjust the budget, transferring $8,100 from the water system line item to the equipment line item, to cover the purchase of the tractor that was approved at the February meeting.
The next regular meeting of the Castalia town board is scheduled for May 2 at 6 pm in the town hall.