Clanton council hears about park safety

Published 7:03 pm Monday, July 8, 2013

Representatives of Clanton’s youth softball league addressed the city council on Monday about safety concerns at the park where the girls play.

Clanton Girls Softball President Michael Deason and board member Paula Thornton told council members they worry about poor lighting at the field and girls crossing parking lots to go to the restrooms and concession stand.

“It’s just a bad situation down there,” Thornton said. “We really need to think about some upgrades.”

With other board members present, Deason and Thornton praised the work of Parks Director Sally Wall but recalled situations where foul balls from one field landed dangerously close to players on an adjoining field, and players having to cross a dark field to use restrooms at the city’s tennis courts during well-attended tournaments.

Deason said the league’s growth has made the problems more pressing.

Council members said they would study the situation along with the board.

In other business, the council:

•Passed a resolution stating the city will collect 7 mills in ad valorem taxes, the same amount Clanton has collected for years. Mayor Billy Joe Driver said the city is legally required to pass a resolution stating how much it will collect even if there is no change.

•Approved a restaurant retail liquor license for Cattleman’s. No one was present at the meeting to oppose granting the license.