No action taken on road closure

Published 1:59 pm Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Chilton County Commission decided to take no action at this time on the fate of County Road 523 during its meeting on Feb. 12.

It was approved after a unanimous vote following commissioner Joseph Parnell’s initial motion to table the matter until a future time.

As a result, the road will remain open and as it is for the time being.

A public hearing had taken place during the Jan. 22 meeting to discuss the possible closure of the road due to the state coming forward and advising the county to consider taking the action, as it posed a safety concern for motorists.

According to Parnell, the commission had the option to table closing the road, which gives more time to look into the situation and not rush into a decision that sides with either the state or the residents.

The road closure can be reconsidered at a later date but will have to be officially added to the agenda and discussed in a future meeting before further action can be taken.

Carolyn Fortner, with the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging, spoke about the organization’s mission of keeping older residents in their homes living independently and safely.

Delivering meals to senior citizens is one of the primary ways the group is able to help those in the area.

According to Fortner, Clanton has the biggest homebound meal route in its five-county area that includes Chilton, Blount, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker Counties.

Savannah Kitchens was also on hand to update the commissioners on the results of the county-funded project following water damage to the Chilton Clanton Public Library’s front room.

“It has completely changed the way the room looks,” Kitchens said. “It really is changing the atmosphere of the library for the better.”

In other news from the meeting:

  • The commission approved permission for county engineer Tony Wearren to purchase a low-boy trailer from the state bid list.
  • The commission approved the hire of Kimberly A. Mims for the position of probate clerk.
  • The commission accepted Jason Reeves’ resignation letter from the Sheriff’s Office that was effective Jan. 22.
  • The Commission approved the change in salary of two employees from the jail’s budget to the sheriff’s budget.
  • The commission accepted Jimmie Hardee’s resignation from the workforce board and opened up receiving nominations for his replacement.
  • Christine Brown was nominated for the workforce board. More nominations will be accepted at the next meeting on Feb. 26.
  • The commission approved moving the voting precinct at VFW Post 3193 in Clanton to the Clanton Senior Center.
  • An executive session was held to discuss pending legal matters.
  • The commission approved the minutes from the Jan. 22 meeting.
  • The commission approved to pay its bills.