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Clanton City Council votes in favor of pre-trial diversion program

Published 4:14pm Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Clanton’s City Council on Monday passed a resolution establishing a pre-trial diversion program.

Municipal Judge Hollis Jackson recommended the program based on state policy.

Most, if not all, cases that arise in municipal court would be eligible for the program, Jackson said.

Under terms of the program, a defendant would basically enter a conditional guilty plea until they satisfied certain stipulations, at which point the case against them would be dismissed.

Such stipulations could include driving school or alcohol abuse classes for someone charged with driving under the influence, for example, or anger management classes for someone charged with a violent crime.

The council voted unanimously to suspend the rules, bring the measure up for immediate consideration and pass the resolution.

The council also held a public hearing on the re-zoning of property at Keystone Drive.

The owner of the lot was at the meeting to lobby for half of his property to be re-zoned from M-1 to R-1 so that he could build a home there.

The council voted unanimously to suspend the rules, bring the measure up for immediate consideration and pass the resolution.

The council approved several bids for material and services at its meeting Monday.

Bids were opened by Barbara Lewis with Mayor Billy Joe Driver in attendance on Sept. 5, and the results were recorded by City Clerk Debra Orange, Matthew Moates and Susan Rickles.

Two bids were received for tires, with Roadside Diesel submitting the low bid of $28,226.23 based on providing tires for every city vehicle, not including police department vehicles.

One bid was received for concrete, and the council approved Shelby Concrete Inc.’s bid of $86 per yard with a three-yard minimum order. Adding fibers to the concrete would cost an additional $6 per yard.

One bid was received for low-sulfur diesel fuel, and the council approved W.H. Thomas Oil Company Inc.’s bid of $3.2085 per gallon or 6 cents over rack price.

Two bids were received for dumpsters, and the council approved the low bid of $836 each from Nu-Life Environmental Inc.

Two bids were received for unleaded gasoline, both of which were from the same company. W.H. Thomas Oil Co. submitted prices for fuel containing 10 percent ethanol and fuel containing no ethanol. The council accepted the price of $2.799 per gallon, or 6 cents over rack price, for gasoline containing ethanol.

Three bids were received for hauling of rock. The council approved the bid submitted by Chilton Contractors, which was the lowest combined for three types of rock: 3/4-inch crushed rock ($5 per ton), No. 57 stone ($5 per ton) and rip rap ($5.25 per ton).

Two bids were received for refuse roll-out carts, and the council approved the low bid submitted by Shaefer Systems International Inc. of $50.34 each, or a lot price of $18,122.40.

Four bids were received for rock. The council approved the bid submitted by Chilton Contractors, which was the lowest combined for three types of rock: 3/4-inch crushed rock ($7.75 per ton), No. 57 stone ($8.85 per ton) and rip rap ($10.60 per ton).

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