Clanton Council approves bid for E.M. Henry Park playground equipment

Published 2:38 pm Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Clanton’s City Council, at a regular meeting Monday, approved a bid for playground equipment for E.M. Henry Park.

The bid, in the amount of $51,615.45 and submitted by J.A. Dawson, was the only one received, Mayor Billy Joe Driver said.

It was approved unanimously.

Driver said the city received a grant for $30,000 and was supposed to match that amount dollar for dollar, which meant $60,000 was budgeted for improvements to the park’s playground.

Since the bid came in at lower than the budgeted amount, Driver said the city would spend the remaining funds on something related to the playground, such as adding another piece of equipment or padding around the playground.

In other business, the council:

•Held a public hearing about the rezoning of three lots off Baker Avenue in Clanton–close to Cornerstone Fitness and Wellness off Highway 145. No one was present to oppose the rezoning, which had been approved by the city’s Zoning Board. The measure was brought on for immediate consideration and approved unanimously.

•Tabled a decision on transferring a liquor license from Kokomo’s, located at 2000 Big M Blvd., adjacent to Days Inn in Clanton, to 2031 Seventh St. S., a building previously occupied by Suburban Gas. Fire chief David Driver said the new site has not been inspected, prompting the council to table the matter.

•Approved the purchase of property off Eighth Street in Clanton, near Rolling Oaks Apartments.

•Heard from Fire Chief Driver that the city’s ISO rating had been lowered from 5 to 4, a positive reflection of the city’s fire department that could save property owners money on insurance.

•Heard from Janice Hull with the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce, who thanked city officials for their support of the Chamber’s annual Peach Jam event.

•Approved a police department request to advertise for the hire of an officer.

•Approved to bring on Parker White in the parks department and Charlotte Meuleman in the police department full-time, as both have met their mandatory 90-day probation periods.

•Accepted the resignation of Jeremy Brand, a city truck driver, effective June 19.

•Approved Paul Shearon coming back to the fire department after a leave of absence.

•Heard from councilmen Greg DeJarnett and Jeff Price, who brought up issues with downtown roads and lighting at Goose Pond Park. Mayor Driver said he would look into the issues.

•Approved the minutes from the June 22 meeting.

•Approved paying necessary bills.