Clanton to apply for bridge grant

Published 10:44 am Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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By JOYANNA LOVE | Managing Editor

The city of Clanton is moving forward with an application for a Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside program grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Clanton City Council members unanimously voted to apply for the grant during the June 27 meeting.

The grant would be for a bridge across a creek at City Park to allow access to the softball field from the new parking area that has been created on Seventh Street across from Goose Pond Park.

Mayor Jeff Mims said the city has found recent success in securing grants, totaling about $1.2 million. Some of these were for water and sewer improvements.

Work continues on the reapplication for the splash pad grant, a bridge grant for Ollie Park and a grant for a dog park.

“Just because you apply for them does not mean you are going to get them,” Mims said.

Many of the grants also require the city to provide matching funds for a portion of the total cost.

A grant to repave Temple Road, which would cost $240,000, was also applied for.

Mims thanked all of the state and federal representatives for helping the city secure funding.

Mims also commented on the success of the Peach City Fest and Peach Jam Jubilee. He thanked everyone for their hard work. He said the events drew several people from out of town and filled the local hotels.

Also during the meeting, the council:

  • Approved a license application to serve retail beer and table wine for consumption on or off premises for Much A Brew About Something and an off premises only license application for beer and table wine for Z Quickstop.
  • Approved declaring a vehicle surplus property and for it to be disposed of.
  • Approved an easement agreement with Alabama Power. Council member Wade Watley abstained on the vote.
  • Heard the first reading of a proposed ordinance change to increase the rezoning filing fee from $350 to $400. The ordinance change is being considered at the request of the Clanton Planning Commission.