Clanton Council approves funds for economic developer

Published 3:13 pm Tuesday, August 29, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Clanton will be contributing $25,000 toward an economic developer for Chilton County.

The contribution received unanimous approval during the Aug. 30 meeting of the Clanton City Council.

Van Forrester of the Industrial Development Board had submitted the request. The board is looking for an economic developer to help the county with future development, such as the industrial park.

The City Council also heard from Coosa County 911 regarding a request for a letter acknowledging that Coosa County had agreed to correct any interference to the Clanton Fire Department emergency communications caused by a planned upgrade.

“Coosa County is looking at upgrading their radio system, the Sheriff’s Department is, to a digital radio system,” Chris Duncan representing the Coosa County 911 said. “911 is working with them on this … When they applied for the frequencies with the FCC, the FCC came back needing three letters of concurrences.”

In addition to Clanton, letters were required from Wetumpka and Notasulga. The other cities have already signed letters. The letters are needed to state that these areas acknowledge that Coosa County has warned them that the new frequencies are close to frequencies already in the upgrade and could cause some interference. If that occurs, Coosa County would fix the problem.

“There is no charge to you all on this, to the city or to the fire department,” Duncan said.

At the suggestion of their attorney, the City Council asked for a written agreement outlining specific ways an issue would be addressed and to bring it to the council’s next meeting.

Community member Greg DeJarnett also addressed the Council. DeJarnett thanked the Clanton Police Department for doing a good job and doing it professionally. He said during the recent arrest of a family member DeJarnett has been able to trust that he was being treated fairly.

“I haven’t had to worry about him one bit,” DeJarnett said.

Also during the meeting, the council:

— Paid a bill for $128,000 for a street sweeper.

— Approved J&J Cleaning to rent space in the Park Plaza shopping center owned by the city.

— Approved a lease agreement with Community Development Institute to operate Head Start.

— Purchased a heart monitor for the fire department.

— Was made aware that the Peach Jam Revisited has been canceled. No further information is available at this time.