Council moves to shut down car wash, won’t grant business license

Published 9:44 pm Monday, February 28, 2011

The Clanton City Council took action Monday to shut down a Clanton car wash after numerous complaints about activities there and the arrest of its owner.

The council passed a motion for the city clerk to not issue a business license to D&D Car Wash at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Alabama 22. A contributing factor to the council’s decision, the business has been operating without a license for several weeks, according to city officials.

On Thursday, the car wash’s owner and operator, Willie Griffin, was arrested on four counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. His arrest follows a lengthy investigation by Clanton officers, according to Police Chief Brian Stilwell.

For more on the charges, see the story “Car wash owner arrested on distribution charges.”

In other business, the council accepted a report from Janice Hull of Hull and Russell PC about this year’s audit.

Hull reported to the council that revenue exceeded expenditures by more than $1 million this year. The large difference was mainly due to capital expenses from the Economic Development Center last year that the city didn’t have this year.

“You had a good year,” Hull said. “You really did well to hold your profit like you did (despite decreased sales tax revenue).”

In addition, the council also took the following actions:

•Approved plans for the local YMCA to again operate the city’s swimming pool this summer.

•Voted to purchase a Ford Expedition for the fire department from the state bid list. The vehicle would cost approximately $25,200 and would replace another Expedition that has a blown engine.

•Approved a wine and beer license transfer for the Chevron station on Alabama 145. The store is under new owners.

•Granted the mayor the ability to negotiate with a landowner for 2 acres off Alabama 22. Driver said the land could house a facility building in the future but that no short-term plans are in place for the property. Any purchase would have to be approved by the council.

•Moved the council’s next meeting to Thursday, March 10 at 5 p.m. at Clanton City Hall. Several council members had conflicts with the originally scheduled meeting for Monday, March 14.