Commission sets hearing to discuss humane society funding

Published 4:27 pm Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chilton County Commissioners set a public hearing time to discuss additional funding for the Chilton County Humane Society during their meeting Monday night.

The hearing will be Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. for anyone interested in attending. Commissioner Bobby Agee suggested the public hearing during the Dec. 10, 2012 meeting in an effort to come up with various ways to increase funding for the shelter.

Agee said during the Dec. 10 meeting he wanted to hold the public hearing to get comments from the citizens of the county to hear those in favor and those in opposition (of increasing funds) while trying to move forward.

“Whatever method we decide to do we need to go ahead with it,” Agee said. “It is our responsibility to provide animal control. We want to work together with the humane society.”

Minooka Park Manager Gerald Arrington addressed commissioners about upcoming events being held at the park giving an encouraging report of increased interest from people wanting to visit the park.

Arrington said his goal for 2013 is to generate more interest and increase revenue at the park noting two upcoming events including a hare scramble in conjunction with Southeast Cross Country Association (SECCA) who puts on ATV races all over the state.

A 5K mud run is planned for March 16 in partnership with Cornerstone Fitness and Wellness Center.

Arrington said the track for the race has already been identified and obstacles are currently being constructed for the 18-course race with the help of Sheriff Kevin Davis.

“We are very excited about the upcoming events and think it will be a lot of fun for people to participate in,” Arrington said.

Arrington told commissioners the SECCA holds races all over Alabama and hopes the Feb. 2 event will generate enough interest to have the group return.

“Hopefully the riders will become familiar with the track and enjoy it enough to come back for more,”Arringon said. “We already have several reservations for the campground that weekend so we hope everything will be a success.”

Commissioner Joe Headley told Arrington he thought the races would be a successful avenue to increase interest and funding at the park.

Commission Chairman Allen Caton asked Arrington to give a brief summary of 2012 with Arrington reporting the year had been the park’s most successful one yet.

“We saw an increase in campers at the campground,” Arrington said. “As long as we have decent weather we have good interest in the campground.”

A public hearing regarding the closing of County Road 458 was held during the meeting with three citizens opposing the closing.

Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell submitted a letter stating that the Clanton Police Department and city of Clanton owned a three-acre tract of land near the road that was still utilized and did not want the road to close.

County administrator Connie Powell said Cecil Martin Jr. had also written a letter of opposition and Caton said he had received an opposition from Nolan Easterling.

Due to opposition, commissioners made a resolution denying the request of the closing of County Road 458.

In other business, the commission:

• Decided to form a logging committee to discuss the logging ordinance and its impact on Chilton County. The committee will consist of three commissioners, Headley, Caton and commissioner Greg Moore; three people from the logging community; and county engineer Tony Wearren. The committee will be formed by March to discuss the possible logging ordinance.

• Set work hours for the county road department to be from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The hours had previously been set from 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m.