County airport gains certification

Published 8:50 pm Monday, February 13, 2012

Craig Cleckler, chairman of the Chilton County Airport Authority, was able to present the county commission some good news Monday during a time usually spent fretting over finances and potholes.

“For the first time in over 20 years, we are a licensed facility,” Cleckler said of the airport.

John Eagerton, chief of the Aeronautics Bureau of the Alabama Department of Transportation, presented a certificate to Cleckler and the commission.

“It has been several years in coming,” Eagerton said. “We are excited about the work that the county has done.”

In other business at a meeting led by vice-chairman Allen Caton in chairman Tim Mims’ absence, the commission:

•Voted to borrow $275,000 from Peoples Southern Bank at a 3.5-percent interest rate to fix the roof at the Chilton/Clanton Public Library. The motion carried 5-1 with Joe Headley opposed.

•Opened bids on an eight-month supply of gasoline for the road department. Though bids were requested from seven companies, only two submitted bids, and Thomas Oil was the lowest with a bid of $2.8516 per gallon.

•Reached an agreement with the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative for CAEC to transfer ownership of an industrial park in Verbena to the county.

•Entered into a recycling partnership with Bibb County as sponsored by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

•Heard from Lally Bates and Jerry Grooms with American Legion Post 6 about the expiration of a lease for the county to use the Post 6 facility as a polling place. No action was taken, but the commission expressed its intent to research the issue and come to a decision.

•Thanked Joy Littleton, economic development coordinator, for her work as she announced her retirement. The commission also moved to post a job description for applicants.

•Talked with Mike McCord with McCord Communications, which services the county’s severe weather warning sirens, about confusion with the company’s invoices.

•Gave the Road Department permission to obtain a credit card with a $500 limit for minor purchases. The department currently must obtain a purchase order for every purchase made, no matter how small.

•Heard from Pete Davenport, maintenance supervisor, about needed repairs to the park ranger’s house at Higgins Ferry Park.

•Was thanked by state Rep. Kurt Wallace for the county’s assistance to survivors of the Jan. 23 tornadoes.