Clanton City Council approves bid for four storm shelters

Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Clanton’s City Council on Monday approved a bid for the construction of four storm shelters in the city.

The bid of $231,940 submitted by Aqua Marine Enterprises was the lowest bid submitted and was approved unanimously.

The shelters will be located at E.M. Henry Park, off Enterprise Road adjacent to the Clanton Senior Center, at Clanton City Park and in the Lomax community.

Mayor Billy Joe Driver said the city received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to begin the projects at about the same time as the bids, so work could begin soon.

In other business, the council:

•Approved for Driver to begin efforts related toward renovating sidewalks alongside Highway 31 in downtown Clanton. The work would be for the stretch of sidewalks, on both sides of the street, from where improvements to the intersection with Highway 22 are currently underway to Third Avenue North.

•Adopted a policy related to the purchase of police uniforms. Officers purchase uniforms with city credit and then pay back the owed amount through money withheld from their paychecks each month. An employee recently left the department while owing the city about $1,000, prompting the council to approve setting a limit of $780, which would cover the cost of two or three uniforms, according to police officials in attendance at the meeting. The motion also included a stipulation that if an officer’s employment ends while he or she still owes money, the amount would be withheld from his or her final paycheck.

•Approved the transfer of an alcohol license for Little Suzy Q’s. The license will not move locations, but the business is changing owners.

•Tabled a decision about the transfer of an alcohol license from Kokomo’s, which is located at Days Inn near Interstate 65 Exit 205, to a new location at 2031 Seventh St. S. in Clanton.

•Heard from residents concerned about the need for a turning lane on Highway 31 (a state-maintained road) into First Assembly of God, derelict properties around the city and neighbors of a residence off 15th Avenue North creating a nuisance. Councilman Greg DeJarnett suggested city department heads be asked to attend council meetings so they could address such issues raised by residents.

•Approved a recommendation to declare a 2006 Ford Taurus used by the police department as surplus after the vehicle was totaled in a wreck. Driver said the city could collect $2,711 in an insurance payment and could keep the vehicle to sell its parts.

•Approved entering into a contract with Hull & Russell PC for the completion of an audit.

•Accepted the resignation of police officer Patrick Quinley.

•Approved minutes from the Aug. 10 meeting and the payment of necessary bills.