Clanton approves 911 frequency agreement

Published 11:12 am Tuesday, September 12, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Clanton City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the Coosa County E-911 on Sept. 11, which will allow Coosa County to move forward with frequency upgrades.

The Federal Communications Commission required Coosa County to have an acknowledgement from the Clanton City Council that the E-911 was upgrading a frequency for the Coosa County Sheriff’s Department that could potentially cause interference to Clanton Fire Department frequency, and any interference would be corrected by Coosa County.

The agreement approved by the Clanton Council acknowledges the potential for interference and states that “Coosa County E-911 agrees to be totally financially responsible for making said corrections” should interference occur.

Clanton’s attorney John Hollis Jackson had asked that the City Council approve a formal agreement, rather than simply signing an acknowledgement letter.

The agreement has been sent to Coosa County for review and signature.

The Clanton City Council also approved the 2017-2018 budget during the meeting. Mayor Billy Joe Driver said the budget includes about $14 million in revenue and a little more than $13 million in expenses. The budget was approved unanimously without discussion.

“I figured there would be some questions, but those can be answered on an individual basis at any time,” Driver said.

Driver said there were no major changes compared to last year’s budget.

Annual bids for the fiscal year were approved as follows: Bo-Mart for tires, Dunn Construction for coal mix and rock, Shelby Concrete for concrete mix, W. H. Thomas oil for gasoline and diesel and Chilton Contractors for hauling rock. Each of these were the lowest bid.

The City Council has hired Hull and Russell to complete the city’s annual audit.

The council also closed an account at Regions bank and moved the balance, about $2,500, to the drug tip fund.