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City approves part-time maintenance help for West End

Clanton’s City Council on Monday approved the hire of two part-time employees to help maintain the West End community.

The approval came after the original motion, made during the Dec. 14 meeting, was allowed to die for lack of a second. Council members at the time questioned whether the employees were needed.

At Monday’s meeting, Councilman Greg DeJarnett expressed disappointment to fellow council members about the motion not being passed.

DeJarnett said he made the original recommendation but was absent from the Dec. 14 meeting.

On Monday, council members questioned whether such employees should be hired to work in the West End community but not other areas of the city.

DeJarnett said not all parts of the city have the same needs, and the council ultimately was swayed.

Marlon Harton and Ronnie Parker Richardson will provide maintenance for the West End community for 14 hours each per week, weather permitting, at a pay rate ranging from $7.25 to $8 per hour.

The arrangement would last through May.

“We have put a lot of sweat equity into the community…to get the community into a better place,” DeJarnett said.

In other business, the council:

•Appointed Louise Campbell to manage a grant for sewer rehabilitation in the West End community.

•Approved to seek bids on a limb truck.

•Appointed Fred Crawford to work for an interim board overseeing property owned jointly by the city and county.

•Approved paying necessary bills.

•Approved minutes from the Dec. 14 meeting.