Clanton looks for road solution

Published 9:32 am Tuesday, March 28, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/Senior Staff Writer

CLANTON —The Clanton City Council will pursue partnering with the Chilton County Commission to address a road issue.

The Clanton City Council unanimously approved asking the commission to split the cost of paving a section of County Road 41 to Higgins Ferry Road during a meeting on March 27.

“We paved a little bit up past the city limit line and stopped,” Mayor Billy Joe Driver said. “We lack about four-tenths of a mile, 2,000 feet roughly from coming on to Higgins Ferry Road.”

This portion of the street was grinded in preparation for paving during the project, even though it was not scheduled to be paved.

“The contractor did not stop where I told him to stop on clipping the shoulder. They came all the way to Higgins Ferry Road,” Driver said.

Residents said this section of road is now worse than before because the asphalt has been removed. Since this section of road is outside the city limits, the project would not proceed without approval from the Chilton County Commission.

Estimated cost for the project was unknown at the time of the meeting. However, Driver said he could look into this.

Also during the meeting, the council unanimously approved a lounge retail liquor license for Days Inn. There were no community objections voiced during the meeting.

Dwayne Wright, general manager for the Clanton Days Inn location, said the lounge area had been leased in the past, but will now be under the same management of the hotel.

Wright said this would allow the hotel to have more control over what happens in the lounge.

The transfer of a retail liquor license to the new owner of Exxon was approved. The license allows for the sale of beer and wine.

The council also approved:

— purchasing updated audio visual equipment for the drug unit.

— paying a bill for asphalt.

— hiring someone for beautification team.

— a contract with the YMCA of Chilton County to manage one of the city pools this summer.