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Clanton approves organizational changes

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

The Clanton City Council unanimously approved new positions and organizational changes during a voting session on Jan. 25.

The vote established two new leadership positions: an operations manager for city hall and director of public works. It also increased the pay range for the city clerk/ treasurer position and established a salary range for an accounting clerk level three, executive secretary level one and a secretary level two.

These changes were made on the recommendation of Human Resource Management Inc., which had recently completed a review for the city.

New leadership positions will mean fewer employees are reporting directly to the mayor. The updated job descriptions and salary changes were recommended based on level of responsibility and scope of work.

“I appreciate the Council voting those new hires in today,” Mayor Jeff Mims said. “It is going to be a big thing for the city to streamline (operations).”

During the meeting, the Council also heard an overview from new grant writer Stacey McCain of Grant Management of what the company offers. McCain mentioned she was already working on a grant application for trail upgrades at Goose Pond Park. Mims said there are some bridges that need to be replaced, and he wanted to replace the bathrooms at each of the city parks.

Other items approved were:

  • Making an employee in the sanitation department full-time and giving the traditional $1 an hour raise.
  • The timber agreement with the Industrial Development Authority to cut timber on the future site of the Alabama Farm Center. Councilman Billy Singleton said the first section should be cut by March 31, 2021 and the second would be complete before the end of the year.