Clanton council approves bid for weather radios

Published 7:48 pm Monday, October 8, 2012

The city of Clanton will soon provide all of its residents and businesses with weather radios.

Clanton’s City Council approved a bid for the project at its meeting Monday at City Hall.

Midland Radio was awarded the bid: $24.90 for each radio and $3,000 for batteries.

The price tag for 4,000 radios comes to about $103,000. The city received a grant for the project but will pay about $30,000 in matching funds.

The radios will be delivered in the comings weeks, and then the batteries will have to be installed. The radios will arrive already programmed.

The council approved another project Monday–this one was to split the cost of a greenhouse with Chilton County High School’s Agriscience/FFA department.

School officials approached the council about a plan to install a greenhouse at the school that would be used by students to grow flowers that would be planted around Clanton’s downtown area.

The greenhouse would cost about $41,500. Council members said the city pays more than $3,000 for flowers twice a year, in the spring and the fall.

“We wouldn’t get our money back at once, but we’ll get it back over time,” councilmember Jeff Price said.

Councilmembers said they were glad the project would also provide a learning experience for about 175 students annually in grades 10-12.

“It’s going benefit the high school along with us,” councilmember Mary Mell Smith said.

In other business, the council heard from a resident concerned about the condition of 14th Street and Fourth Avenue in Clanton. Asphalt was removed from the roads recently because of a sewer project.