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City council awards bids for trucks

Clanton’s City Council awarded bids last night that totaled more than a quarter of a million dollars for two trucks for Clanton’s Sanitation Department.

Mayor Billy Joe Driver said bids opened prior to the meeting indicated Kenwood of Birmingham submitted the responsive bid of $121,410 for a refuse truck. Ramer Manufacturing submitted the low bid of $108,326 for a truck and trailer to use to collect roadside rubbish.

In other business, the council tabled a request from CRH to dismiss personal property taxes the city would collect on $2.3 million in new equipment it plans to purchase. The plant asked the city to dismiss the taxes for a 10-year period.

Mayor Driver said the request indicated the company has been awarded a contract to build seats for two additional automobile manufacturers. He said the request states 20 jobs would be created.

Council members Jeff Price and Greg DeJarnett said the company needed to supply more information about its request to the council. The council approved a motion to table the request and for the mayor to ask CRH to have a representative at its next meeting to provide needed information before a vote on the request is taken.

Jessie Binion and Hilton Lane asked the council to assist their neighborhood watch committee in cleaning up property in their neighborhood. Both said buildings in their area were unsafe and are breeding grounds for rats that move into other areas of the neighborhood. Mayor Driver and DeJarnett assured them the council will work with them to improve their neighborhood.

Price told other members of the council that additional members to the city’s zoning board need to be appointed. He said the board calls for nine members and currently there are only six members serving.

“We need to make a better effort filling this board with tough people,” he said, adding he would like to see every district in the city represented on the board.

Mayor Driver asked all council members to give to him the names of people who will serve on the board.

Clearview Grocery petitioned the city for a license to sell beer and wine.

By city ordinance, the council has to wait until the next council meeting to approve or reject the license request.