Clanton reapplies for splash pad grant

Published 11:48 am Tuesday, October 15, 2019

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Efforts to bring a splash pad to Clanton near the city pool will continue this year.

The Clanton City Council unanimously approved reapplying for a Land and Water Conservation Program grant for the project on Oct. 14.

City grant writer Louise Campbell said she felt more confident in the application this year.

She said she was “much more prepared” after meeting with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs review team.

“There is always a lot of competition,” Campbell said.

The project is estimated to cost a little more than $300,000. The grant would cover 50% of the cost.

A public hearing was held prior to the vote, and there was no opposition.

Plans for developing the land around the future Alabama Farm Center site are coming together. The Clanton City Council approved three agreements related to trying to purchase and develop adjoining land at Interstate 65, Exit 212. This would be a separate project from the farm center but part of the master plan for the exit.

Each agreement will be signed by the Industrial Development Authority, the City of Clanton and the company.

A consultant agreement was approved with NextSite of Birmingham and exclusive brokerage and property listing agreements were approved for Daniels Communities of Vestavia Hills.

A resolution correcting some wording in all of the agreements was also approved.

Also during the meeting, the Council:

— Approved extending Zito Media’s lease.

— Denied a request by Farmers Family Furniture to display utility trailers on the parking lot.

— Approved donating $2,000 to the Chilton-Clanton Public Library. These funds were given to the city by the Alabama Beekeepers Association related to the association hosting its annual conference at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center.