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Clanton honors retiring officer

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Clanton City Council and the Clanton Police Department honored Richard Todd during the Council meeting March 9.

Todd is retiring after 25 years with the department and 41 years in law enforcement overall.

Clanton Police Chief Keith Maddox presented Todd with a wooden display box for his badge, awards and service pistol.

“I know I will miss you, and I am sure your fellow employees will also,” Mayor Billy Joe Driver said. “We appreciate the 25 years that you have put in with us, and we trust that you’ve enjoyed it.”

Maddox said it was customary for the department to give retiring officers their service pistol and badge to keep.

“We just appreciate what he has done and what he had done for the city,” Maddox said.

The Council approved moving forward with allowing multiple groups to use space in one of the city-owned empty buildings in the Park Plaza shopping center.

The Chilton County Historical Society, J&J Print Shop and Senior Connection have expressed interest in the building. Council member Sammy Wilson said doorways could be added between the office space Senior Connection was interested in and the existing Senior Connection building next door. Driver said he thought the organization was interested in it for some aerobics classes.

Wilson said the Historical Society wanted to be in the front of the building to be able to do some historical displays.

Also during the meeting, the Council:

  • Approved paying for the liability insurance.
  • Approved paying for the “reworking of four storm shelters.”
  • Was presented with a tentative lease with Dollar General for the former Fred’s
  • Transferred a beer and wine license to the new owner of Clanton Petro.
  • Approved a sponsorship to the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce for stage equipment for Peach Jam.
  • Approved placement of “Get fit, Clanton!” sidewalk decals every tenth of a mile for a mile in downtown Clanton. Chamber Director Francine Wasden said the project’s goal was to encourage community members to get fit, “see what is going on downtown and promote walking downtown.” A sponsor will cover the cost of the decals.
  • Approved purchasing a truck from the state bid list for picking up debris.