Road for Industrial Park approved

Published 2:10 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Progress is being made on access to the proposed Chilton County Industrial Park.

The Clanton City Council accepted a bid to construct a road into the future complex from Wiregrass Construction Company during its meeting on Oct. 23.

Mayor Billy Joe Driver said the road will go from the railroad in Lomax to the entrance to the park. Resurfacing inside the industrial park will also be included in the project.

The bid was $235,982, but $90,000 of this will be covered by fund leftover from a grant.

A reimbursement grant for the West End Neighborhood Watch was also approved by the City Council. The council will give the neighborhood the funding to start the program, and will be reimbursed through the grant from Cawaco Resource Conservation and Development Council.

The grant is for $4,510 and will allow the group to take neighborhood children on trips to museums and other areas.

“A lot of the kids have never really been out of West End,” Jessie Binion of West End Neighborhood Watch said. “It is our desire to take them to places that would be beneficial for them, to see things and to visit other places. What we will do in that is get grandparents to help us mentor these kids and take them where they can benefit.”

Binion said those who participate will then develop and perform a play that will highlight what they learned during the experience.

Council member Jeffery Price asked to see a copy of the plan for the program. Binion said she could provide that, but did not have it with her.

Also during the meeting, the City Council approved:

  • Paying a $15,043 bill for bridge inspections that had been completed. Driver said all of the bridges were deemed safe.
  • Ann Glenn to the Library board.
  • Council member Mary Mell Smith to serve on the Airport Authority and the Chilton County 150th Celebration committee.
  • Transferring a liquor license from Kokomos to Hideaway Bar.