Commission schedules work session for Feb. 6

Published 4:10 pm Friday, January 31, 2014

The Chilton County Commission voted to add to the work session agenda scheduled for Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m., the possibility of purchasing a new incinerator for the Chilton County Humane Society.

Humane Society director Jessica Terry approached commissioners on Monday about purchasing a new incinerator due to the current incinerator requiring repairs.

Commission Chairman Allen Caton said commissioners could look at different options regarding a replacement.

Commissioner Shannon Welch made a motion to add the discussion of possibly purchasing a new incinerator to the agenda with Terry asked to attend the meeting.

Commissioners unanimously voted in favor to add the item to the work session agenda.

Commissioners also heard from Will Brooke, who is a candidate for the Sixth Congressional District.

Brooke said he had been visiting in Clanton on Monday and wanted to come by and meet the commissioners.

“I look forward to getting to know you and the folks in Chilton County,” Brooke said.

Industrial Development Coordinator Fred Crawford spoke to the commission about the announcement that Chilton County received its first Alabama AdvantageSite designation Jan. 22.

The AdvantageSite program requires that community economic development organizations provide documentation specific to a proposed industrial site, including a set of standard data related to ownership/control, environmental and geotechnical conditions and infrastructure status.

Sites must also meet size, zoning and accessibility requirements.

The 64.5 acre site is located in the unincorporated part of Chilton County, south of Clanton.

The site is accessible from I-65 via County Road 59, which is a two-lane paved road.

Crawford told commissioners that from the county standpoint, this should be something they could be “very proud of.”

Crawford reminded commissioners they were invited to an Industry Appreciation Night on Tuesday at the Clanton Performing Arts Center at Jefferson State Community College’s Chilton-Clanton Campus.

The event was to say “thank you” to the industries that risk their capital and come up with plans to market and produce goods throughout the county.

Due to a winter storm bringing ice and snow to the county on Tuesday, the event was postponed with a tentative date set for Feb. 11.

In other news, the commission:

•Met in executive session for the discussion of good name and character for two items.

•Heard from Welch who told commissioners he received a call and a letter from Higgins Ferry Park Manager Frank Atchison who announced he would be retiring affective May 1. Welch said he thought Atchison had done an “outstanding” job at the park.

•Voted to accept a resolution as written to change the setup of members who serve on the Chilton County E-911 board. The current board is made up seven members. County Attorney John Hollis Jackson explained the resolution would change the setup for the board but not the number of members serving. The board would now include all four municipalities, the sheriff, the president of the firefighters association and the chairman of the commission.

Commissioners voted to accept the resolution effective immediately.

•Passed a resolution to issue a key card to two new employees at Chilton County 911.

•Passed a resolution to approve the hire of William Joshua Hubbard to the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department effective Jan. 22.

•Passed a resolution to approve keys cards to be issued to Zac Giles and Ashley Lee with the Chilton County Court Referral Office.

•Passed a resolution nominated Doris Jones, Carol Harrison and Elizabeth Hill to the Department of Human Resources Board.

Commissioners voted to accept the nominations.

•Passed a resolution to allow the exterior of the courthouse to be pressure washed.