Library asks for increase in funding

Published 4:42 pm Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Although the approval of Sylvia Singleton as county administrator was the big news from the Chilton County Commission meeting on May 14, there were plenty of other discussions that took place.

Chilton/Clanton Public Library Director Savannah Kitchens and library bookkeeper Darlene Brock requested an increase of $15,000 in library funding in order to hire a part-time employee and extend its hours of operation.

Chairman Allen Caton informed them that the budget had already been balanced for the year, and therefore the money had already been designated out.

Caton advised them to make a request and revisit it during budget hearings for the 2019 budget.

The library staff currently consists of seven employees, three full-time and four part-time.

According to Kitchens, the library is looking to extend its hours to accommodate people getting home from work.

The library is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. It is closed Saturday and Sunday.

The commission also agreed to work on completing 10 pages of the policies and procedures handbook per work session until it is finished.

The first of such meetings will be May 21 at 6 p.m. All work sessions are open to the public.

In other news from the meeting:

  • The commission approved a resolution of $12,750 for the completion of the courthouse parking lot.
  • The commission accepted the resignation of Luke Roper from the road department, effective May 10.
  • The commission approved a line item transfer for purchase of computers for the tag office.
  • Sheriff John Shearon was approved to begin taking bids for Tasers for the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Commissioner Steve Langston had his responsibilities as liaison for the fire department and Sheriff’s Office transferred to commissioners Joe Headley and Joseph Parnell respectively.
  • The commission approved a resolution from Parnell to reimburse its account with MRM for $19,017.08 to pay for pharmaceuticals and the difference owed.
  • The commission approved the minutes from the April 27 meeting.
  • The commission approved to pay its bills.