Clanton City Council approves budget for coming fiscal year

Published 10:23 am Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Clanton’s City Council passed a budget Monday for the upcoming fiscal year.

Revenue is projected at about $11 million for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins Oct. 1 and lasts until Sept. 30, 2015.

After expenses are substracted from revenue, Clanton Mayor Billy Joe Driver told the council that a surplus of about $52,000 is expected.

The budget was passed unanimously with no discussion.

Driver told council members that if they had individual questions, they could meet with him to go over the budget.

The only other item on the agenda for Monday’s regular meeting was a public hearing about rezoning a piece of property off Highway 31, across from Goose Pond Park.

The property owner petitioned to have the zoning changed from commercial to residential. Apparently, the property was rezoned to commercial years ago but “grandfathered” as long as the current resident was living in the house.

The property was then purchased, and the new owner said he was never made aware that the property was zoned commercial instead of residential.

The owner said he invested considerable time and money to renovate the 1,200-square foot house on the 90-by-120-foot lot, and then began looking into selling the property.

The only interest shown in purchasing the property was as a residence, the owner said.

Clanton’s Zoning Board approved the rezoning, though council members seemed reluctant to give final approval because the lot is surrounded by businesses and city property.

Two owners of property adjacent to the lot in question attended the public hearing to voice their objection to the rezoning.

Driver and council members discussed whether the city would have any use for the property, since it borders Clanton City Park.

Councilman Greg DeJarnett moved to table a decision until Driver and other city officials could determine whether to purchase the property, and the motion was approved unanimously.

The council also heard from a resident who said city workers are killing some of his grass when they come through to spray for weeds.

Lastly, Jackie Baker with the West End Neighborhood Watch thanked the mayor and council for grass cutting work being done in the area.