Clanton will choose between sewer, senior center projects for grants

Published 10:00 pm Monday, April 8, 2013

A grant writer for the city of Clanton told council members Monday that they will have to choose between two projects for a grant application process.

Louise Campbell held a public hearing on the projects, but no resident was present to voice an opinion on the matter. So, it will be left to the council to decide whether to seek funds for upgrades to the sewer system in the West End community or the construction of a senior center.

Campbell said the city could apply for grant money, which comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, for only one of the projects.

The council indicated it would consider the projects and reach a decision at a later meeting.

Clanton Mayor Billy Joe Driver said the group’s decision could be based at least in part on how much matching money the city would have to provide.

“At some point, we’re going to run out of matching money,” Driver said.

The city has been provided with an estimate of about $500,000 for the sewer work but has yet to seek bids for the senior center.

A grant application for the sewer project was denied last year.

In other business, the council:

•Accepted the low bid of $25,844.40 from Dunn for the resurfacing of the track around the Clanton City Park youth football field. One other bid was received and was higher than Dunn’s.

•Set a sales tax holiday for Aug. 2–4.

•Approved a list of nine part-time employees to help with summer work at E.M. Henry/West End Park.

•Granted an alcohol license for Fernando’s Mexican Restaurant after no residents opposed the measure at a second public hearing.