Council discusses YMCA lease

Published 1:09 pm Tuesday, November 14, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The YMCA of Chilton County’s lease with the city of Clanton is up for renewal.

A vote to approve a 10-year lease was tabled by the Clanton City Council on Nov. 13 amidst discussion that the organization had been paying $200 a month instead of the $1,000 a month for rent outlined in the agreement.

Councilman Awlahjaday Agee recommended the topic be postponed until the council could get clarification on what the YMCA was actually paying.

“I thought we were paying $1,000, but we may not have been,” YMCA board member Jason Calhoun said.

Calhoun said he would bring the issue up at the YMCA board meeting on Nov. 14.

“We have spent a lot of money over there,” Councilman Sammy Wilson said.

The Clanton City Council recently paid to replace portions of the building’s roof.

Councilwoman Mary Mell Smith mentioned that changing the rent amount to $500 had been discussed in the past.

Councilman Dr. Jeffrey Price said if the YMCA was only paying $200 and1 the lease was changed to $500 a month and was paid in full, then the city would still be receiving more money than it is now.

Also during the meeting:

— The council hired personnel for the sanitation department.

— Mayor Billy Joe Driver explained why the walking track at Goose Pond Park had not been repaved. he said tree roots have damaged the track in some spots and need to be dug out before the track is paved.