County votes to purchase additional security cameras

Published 3:05 pm Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Chilton County Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to purchase and install security cameras along the perimeter of the courthouse and the Chilton County Tag Office.

County administrator Connie Powell said there is money already established in the county’s Capital Improvement Fund for courthouse security, and the money for the cameras would come from that fund.

Powell told commissioners she is getting a couple of prices for the cameras.

Currently, deputies from the sheriff’s department man the doors to the front entrance of the courthouse where there is a camera system for them to monitor.

The new security cameras along the perimeter of the courthouse and at the Chilton County Tag Office would be tied to the system at the front of the courthouse.

Although there was no date set for when the cameras would be purchased or installed, commissioners agreed they were needed for additional security measures at the courthouse.

Commissioners heard from Chilton County Chamber of Commerce Director Janice Hull who told commissioners that tickets were available for the Chamber’s annual banquet.

The banquet will be held Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $25 per person and will include dinner, awards and entertainment by De’Ja Blue, a six-member dance and show band from Birmingham.

Hull said there will be a “social time” beginning at 6 p.m. to allow those in attendance the opportunity to mingle before dinner and talk with the new administrator for St. Vincent’s Chilton, Suzannah Campbell.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the Chamber will announce the recipients of its Ambassador of the Year, Business of the Year and Community Spirit awards.

Those interested in purchasing tickets are asked to call the Chamber at (205) 755-2400 or email or visit

In other news, the commission:

•Approved the hiring of Mary Mims in the Motor Vehicle Division.

•Approved having county attorney John Hollis Jackson write a resolution congratulating Maplesville High School’s football team for winning the state championship. Commissioner Bobby Agee said he thought the commission should do something to recognize the team’s accomplishment. Agee also suggested having chairman Allen Caton contact the coach and work out a schedule so the commission could present the resolution to the team.

•Approved a resolution authorizing the hiring of Russell Tucker to paint the flagpoles near the Chilton County Courthouse. Powell told commissioners the price for the work would not exceed $250.

•Approved a resolution approving renewal for the lease with Alabama Power for Higgins Ferry property.