Barn to be cleared from industrial park site

Published 11:56 am Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Chilton County Commission voted on Monday to allow a barn to be cleared from the new industrial park site.

Van Forrester, who is a member of a newly-developed industrial park subcommittee, spoke with members of the commission about getting a resolution from the county to clear some items at the industrial park including a red barn.

Forrester explained the subcommittee is made up of Allen Payton, Wayne McKinnon, Roy Price, Bonnie Smith, Richard Moore and Forrester, and the group would report to both the commission and Clanton City Council about things that needed to be done at the property.

“Right now, we are needing a resolution to clear the red barn on the property out of the way,” Forrester said.

Commissioners voted to allow Chilton County engineer Tony Wearren to place an excavator at the site of the industrial park for a few days and work with the city of Clanton to remove the red barn.

Commissioners Bobby Agee and Joseph Parnell were absent from Monday’s meeting.

Commissioners Joe Headley, Shannon Welch, Allen Caton, Greg Moore and Heedy Hayes voted in favor of the motion.

The city of Clanton will also contribute a piece of equipment to clear property from the industrial park.

In 2015, the county and city of Clanton voted to jointly purchase about 520 acres of land for an industrial park.

The total purchase of the land was $278,000 with the county and city each paying $1,364,000.

The land is located near Interstate 65 Exit 212 and borders both the interstate and Highway 145.

Access to the park would be from 145.

Forrester also reminded commissioners of an upcoming economic development forum on April 13 at the Alabama Power building in Clanton from noon until 4 p.m.

In other news, the commission:

•Approved a resolution approving a final plat for the Quail Run subdivision.

•Approved a resolution approving changes to the county’s subdivision regulations as it relates to the definition of “immediate family.”

Wearren told commissioners the previous definition covered a loose definition of family, and he recommended a change be made to clarify that “family” means spouse and children.

•Voted to allow County Road 51, to the four-way stop be declared the county’s next federal aid road to be resurfaced. Wearren said the road had last been resurfaced 30 years ago.

•Approved Wearren to continue to take bids for striping roads so the road department could continue striping through the summer.

•Voted to approve a two-year tax abatement from Maplesville Tie and Timber Company.

•Voted to commit to pay the postage for the voter registration list.

•Approved a resolution adopting a proposal that was made by the state’s Department of Human Resources for a new building to be built in Chilton County for the Chilton County Department of Human Resources.

•Rescinded a resolution appointing Allen Goree to the Chilton County E-911 board. Caton explained that the nomination of Goree was done during a meeting that was not legal and the commission needed to rescind the appointment of Goree to the board.

•Heard from county administrator Connie Powell that a meeting had been scheduled for April 8 at 2 p.m. for the county to meet with members of the ABC Board to discuss the recent alcohol referendum that was passed for alcohol sales in the county. The meeting will be held in the commission chambers at the Chilton County Courthouse.