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County seeks chief appraiser

The Chilton County Commission passed a resolution Monday to allow Tax Assessor Rex Cleckler to post a job vacancy for the department’s chief appraiser, which would pay just under a $35,000 annual salary.

Cleckler requested the removal of furniture from his office. The furniture would be declared surplus and donated to a senior ministry program. It included two desks, two filing cabinets, two chairs and a metal bookshelf. The commission passed the resolution.

The commission also passed a resolution to allow Cleckler to make several transfers within his 2009-10 budget.

Cleckler also requested that, because he has asked several department employees to go “above and beyond” their typical duties, they be promoted. He said office personnel who normally perform data processing have done appraisal work in the field due to there being no chief appraiser. Cleckler said he would like to promote them to appraisers. He said other employees have done mapping work and sought a promotion for that person to Mapper I. Each promotion would mean a pay increase.

Members of the commission decided they were not ready to vote on the resolution at first but then voted in favor of it 4-3.

“I appreciate what you’re doing, Mr. Cleckler, because you’re department keeps us going,” Commissioner Allen Caton said as Clecker finished his presentation.

Circuit Clerk Glen McGriff appeared before the commission to ask that a new employee in his department be granted a key to have access to the building, which the commission passed unanimously.

Board of Registrars Chairperson Donna Wyatt requested $6,700 from the commission for her department’s budget. She said employees have recently purchased office supplies on their own. Money for this would come from the county’s general fund, administrator Vanessa Hendrick said. The commission passed the resolution.

Clanton resident Mack Traywick addressed the commission to thank them individually for attention paid to County Roads 61, 184 and 197, which he expressed needed maintenance due to pot holes.

“The roads have been patched adequately to make them safe,” Traywick said.

He said one exception included a ditch on 184, which he said floods easily and needs a pipe to drain the water. The commission told Traywick it would be at least three weeks until something could be done.

Speaking on behalf of Steve Bookout, Vice President and CFO of Boatright Companies in Birmingham was Irondale Industrial Contractors Executive Vice President of Sales Steve Dalley. Dalley and Bookout requested a legal description of public access to where their facility is being constructed in Clanton. Boatright owns roughly 100 acres at the Chilton County Industrial Park, where the company is looking to build a crosstie plant. Boatright wants a declaration of a public road in the county, which engineer Tony Wearren said would take a day or two. Their current deed does not show the county road. The commission passed the resolution.

Robert Binion addressed the commission to ask that they use their influence to see that more African American males get county jobs. Binion was followed by local NAACP president Benny Chaney, who expressed the same sentiment.

“We wanted to reflect the community,” Binion said. “It’s been rough for black folks to get jobs. Jobs are disappearing in America.”

The commission then went into executive session to discuss a legal matter.