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County approves contract with Birmingham Association of Realtors

Published 4:35pm Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Chilton County Commission voted Monday to go into contract with the Birmingham Association of Realtors.

The Birmingham Association of Realtors has roughly 3,000 members and serves Alabama counties including Shelby and Jefferson.

Chilton County Tax Assessor Rex Cleckler explained to commissioners the contract would allow Chilton County to be part of the organization that shares information regarding real estate with different counties.

“This partnership would help us to get comparables of what other counties are doing,” Cleckler said. “We want to be in line with where we are supposed to be. This would give us seven counties of information in exchange for one county.”

Cleckler told commissioners the contract was free to the county.

Everyone voted in favor of the motion. Commissioner Joe Headley abstained from the vote.

Headley abstained due to a possible conflict of interest with the vote affecting the upcoming revenue commissioner position.

During the public comments section of the meeting, commissioners heard from Lee Roy Dennis.

Dennis told commissioners during the snowstorm on Jan. 28 that hit much of the state with ice and snow, he was discharged from Shelby Baptist Medical Center and needed to find out if he could safely make it back to his home in Chilton County.

Dennis said he called the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department to ask if Interstate 65 was open for travel but no one was able to provide him with an answer about traffic conditions.

“They should have been able to tell me about traffic,” Dennis said.

Dennis also suggested that various agencies in Chilton County have a list of telephone numbers of nearby police and sheriff’s departments between “Selma, Gadsden and Montgomery.”

“I had an accident last year in Prattville but when I called 911 in Chilton County they told me they wouldn’t handle that because it was Autauga County,” Dennis said. “I asked them for the telephone number of the sheriff’s department in Autauga County and they told me they didn’t have it. They should be able to get you to the county you need to call.”

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  • jlmclean

    What the contract does, is allow 3000 members of The Birmingham Association of Realtors to view all details of all real estate transactions for their own profit, so why should it cost the County, but, I bet the Citizens as property owners of Chilton County will not be able to access this same information. Also, as in other counties the detailed information will probably be available for private companies to market for a profit and still without free access to all data for the Citizens and property owners who pay to keep the County solvent

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