Thorsby council agrees to lease property

Published 7:39 pm Monday, June 20, 2011

By Theadoris Morris|Staff Writer

The Thorsby Council agreed to pursue lease agreements with the Thorsby baseball team and Thorsby High School at its meeting Monday.

The Thorsby baseball team is looking to lease the property on Chilton Street between the laundry establishment and right field to build two or three covered batting cages.

The team would lease the property from the town, but it would be coaches’ responsibility to maintain the facility, said Thorsby Mayor Dearl Hilyer.

The council also approved to move forward with leasing the area beside Helen Jenkins Chapel that is currently used as a student overflow parking lot to Thorsby High School.

The council approved the motion to pursue a lease agreement for both properties unanimously.

Both leasing processes would have to go through the Chilton County Board of Education.

In other business, the council and Thorsby Police Chief Rodney Barnett discussed shortening the time that Richard Wood Park is open because of suspicious activity. Currently the park is closed from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m., but the council and Barnett agreed that closing at 10 p.m. would be a good time.

Also, Howie McNeil, certified public accountant for I.H. McNeil III, P.C., of Pelham went over the town’s financial statement for 2010. He concluded that the town is doing well in staying out of debt and paying its own bills.