Grant approved for E.M. Henry Park playground equipment

Published 4:35 pm Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Clanton’s E.M. Henry Park could soon see the installation of new playground equipment.

The city’s council Monday approved a grant in the amount of $34,000. The city must match the grant amount.

The funds will be used to purchase and install playground equipment at the park, which is located in the West End community.

In other business, the council:

•Was updated on the effort to renovate the E.M. Henry Head Start Center so that it can be reopened. Councilman Sammy Wilson only the restrooms at the center still need to be addressed, but the center could reopen even before work on the restrooms is completed.

•Also heard from Wilson about leaky roofs at the Chilton County YMCA and at the Fred’s shopping center building. Both facilities are owned by the city. The council gave Wilson approval to continue with his efforts to have the roofs addressed.

•Approved the purchase of a fire truck for $457,808 through HGACBuy program, a nationwide government procurement service that would allow the city to save about $6,000, according to information provided by Fire Chief David Driver.

•Heard complaints from Robert Binion about the condition of Martin Luther King Jr. Street. Binion proposed the city extend the portion of the road that is known as Martin Luther King Jr. Street, install a walking bridge across the creek, put in pipes and cover ditches where necessary and erect additional signage and lighting. Binion also requested the mayor and council ensure that black residents are represented on boards the council oversees, and resurface streets in the city that are in poor condition.

•Approved to grant a Class 2 package store license to Clanton Petro, located at 500 Seventh St. S., after the request was read a second time.

•Approved resignations of Bruce Coleman from the sanitation department, effective Jan. 31; and Derrick Wyatt from the sanitation department, effective Jan. 26.

•Approved the hires of Brandon Bolding and Devin Austin as part-time workers at E.M. Henry Park; and the hire of Thomas Austin as a truck driver in the sanitation department.

•Voted that if a fire department employee wishes to receive EMT training, he can do so but pay for the training out-of-pocket.

•Approved the minutes from the Jan. 26 meeting.

•Approved paying of appropriate bills.