Clanton passes cautious budget

Published 10:19 pm Monday, September 28, 2009

Clanton’s City Council passed a $10 million budget Monday night for the fiscal year that begins Thursday.

Mayor Billy Joe Driver presented the budget to the council at its last meeting asking each member to read the budget and bring recommendations to the full council last night. He explained the budget could be changed during the course of the year by the council, but, “we need something to begin working with Oct. 1,” he explained.

The only suggestion made by the council at the meeting was to approve the budget.

Driver said $9 million of the expected revenues are expensed in the budget. “The law requires us to keep 10 percent of anticipated revenues in reserve,” Driver said.

He added the FYE 2010 budget is practically the same as the budget that will end Wednesday. “The budget is on the cautious side,” he said following the meeting, “but that is something we need to do these days.”

In other business, the council awarded the bid for tires for the police department to Dixie Wheel and Tire. It submitted the low bid of $591.68 for a designated range of tires used by the department.

Others bidding were Bo Mart ($925) and D&S Wholesale ($850).

The council gave the mayor the authority to seek bids on a garbage truck, limb truck and pick-up truck for the sanitation department.

It approved a restaurant liquor license for Café Firenze.

The restaurant is located in the old Wal-Mart location off Highway 31 South.

The council accepted the resignation of Rex Cleckler from the Clanton Police Department.

Cleckler will be sworn in as the county’s tax assessor Thursday at 10 a.m. at the court house’s third floor.

It approved a motion for Sally Wall to attend a turf workshop October 6 in Homewood.

Police Chief Bryan Stilwell presented the council members a copy of the proposed police department policy and procedure guide.

He said once the document is approved by the council, it will be placed on all laptop and desk computers used in the department.