Tractor Supply Company could be coming to Clanton soon (updated)

Published 9:31 pm Monday, June 24, 2013

Clanton’s City Council on Monday approved a proposal for a Tractor Supply Company store in the city.

The store would be located on a 3.1-acre lot just off Highway 31, near Walmart, at Woodfin Lane.

Tractor Supply is a large retail chain of stores offering products for home improvement, agriculture, lawn and garden maintenance, and livestock, equine and pet care.

The council unanimously approved the proposal, which had already been reviewed by the city’s planning commission.

The plan calls for a 18,800-square-feet building on the property.

The council also unanimously approved an amendment to a 1981 ordinance about door-to-door solicitation in the city.

The amendment was suggested by Police Chief Brian Stilwell after a recent incident.

“There was an elderly lady the other night with some people in her house, and she couldn’t get them out,” Stilwell said about the solicitors’ aggressive tactics and reluctance to leave residences when asked.

The council suspended the rules to bring the amendment up for immediate consideration.

Solicitors will now have to apply for a license at city hall and can only solicit from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

“We can arrest them if they stay after the owner has asked them to leave,” Stilwell said. “Hopefully, we’ll curb some of that harassment we continually get.”

In other business, the council:

•Voted to apply for a Transportation Alternatives Program grant for sidewalk extension and improvements along Lay Dam Road from the medical center area to the Fred’s shopping center. The project would include the addition of sidewalk in some areas, but most of the work would be focused on making the sidewalk handicap accessible by installing curb cuts and/or ramps at intervals along the route. The project is estimated to cost $136,000. The city would be responsible for a 20-percent match, or about $27,000.

•Opened a public hearing on Cattleman’s restaurant’s application for a retail alcohol license. No one in attendance spoke up during the hearing. The council will revisit the matter at its next meeting, on July 8.

•Announced that an open house at the city’s Fire Station No. 3, off Lay Dam Road near Interstate 65 Exit 212, would be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 6.