Clanton approves bid to enlarge water treatment plant

Published 6:51 pm Monday, August 13, 2012

The Clanton City Council approved a $1.8 million bid for enlarging the city’s water treatment plant.

The city expects to receive a $1 million grant, pending approval by the Environmental Protection Agency, and would have to match the amount by paying $1 million of its own toward the project.

“We’ve been looking for all this to come together for the 3-4 years now,” Mayor Billy Joe Driver said at the meeting.

The council was busy Monday applying for several other grants: a land and water grant that would be used for playground facilities at West End Park, a grant to install an access road at the industrial park, and a grant to build a Senior Citizens Activity Center on 15th Street that would stretch from Fourth Avenue North, or Highway 22, to Second Avenue North.

The council also accepted a $90,000 grant for a project to distribute weather alert radios to all city residents and businesses. The city would match the grant with $30,000.

In other business, the council:

•Deeded the owner of Ace Hardware 2.5 feet of the city’s right-of-way on Fifth Street. Apparently, part of the property was built slightly onto the right-of-way. The council agreed to hand over some of the right-of-way, 150 feet from Third Avenue South to an alley, so that the business can sell some of its property.

•Accepted the resignation of a sanitation department employee. The council also hired Robert Ware as a part-time truck driver and will begin advertising the position.

•Agreed to continue allowing Senior Connection to use the Clanton Recreation Center. The group expressed concern about the arrangement because elected officials could change with the upcoming municipal elections.

•Approved a list of poll workers provided by council members for the municipal elections on Aug. 28.