Clanton Council talks carnivals

Published 12:53 pm Tuesday, January 28, 2020

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Clanton Kiwanis Club has received exclusive permission to hold its Spring Carnival on city property in March.

Council members unanimously voted to allow the civic club to hold the carnival as it has for the past few years. The date this year will coincide will Chilton County Schools spring break, March 24-28.

The Council’s motion also waived the fee for the permit and license for the event as well as stated Kiwanis would be the only organization to be approved for use of city property for a carnival for that season. Permission was given for the event to be held at Goose Pond Park with Clanton City Park as a backup.

Clanton Mayor Billy Joe Driver told the Council another group had asked to hold a carnival in February.

“Last year, we tried that, and it rained the entire week,” Driver said. “… One in February and one in March seems too often to have a carnival … We are just not set up at this time to have two so close together.”

Kiwanis Spring Carnival chairman Scott Zuelzke emphasized that the event raises funds that the club gives back to nonprofits in Chilton County. He presented the Council a list of organizations that have received funds in the past. The Kiwanis Club focuses mostly on organizations that help children.

“This would be our first year to do it during spring break, but our desire has been to have it during that time,” Zuelzke said.

Councilman Jeffrey Price asked if the carnival would start earlier because of students being out of school. Zuelzke said the committee had not discussed this yet, but it was a possibility.

Also during the meeting, the Council:

  • Approved a payment of $16,950 to Adient as a reimbursement of an overpayment of taxes.
  • Approved keeping the mayor and Council compensation at the same rate for the next political term.
  • Approved getting bids for asphalt for road paving. A preliminary list was reviewed by the Council, but which streets will be paved will not be finalized until the city knows how much it will cost.