Slow the Spread
To slow the spread of COVID-19 (The Corona Virus), please take social distancing and good hygiene seriously! On this page, we will update you with information for prevention and steps to take if you think you may have contracted the virus.
Notice from Billy Joe Driver, Clanton Mayor:
City of Clanton Mayor Billy Joe Driver would like to remind residents that, with the exception of the walking tracks, all City of Clanton park facilities are closed until further notice in compliance with directives of the Governor of Alabama and state health officials. Walking tracks can be utilized only if individuals maintain a minimum distance of six (6) feet from others utilizing the track.
Mayor Driver is also asking for the assistance of residents in complying with federal and state directives that prohibit gatherings of 10 or more people. Any assembly of less that 10 people must adhere to the Social Distance Rule of six (6) feet of separation.
Working together to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus will help our community return to normal activities in the shortest time possible. Remember to Do the Five: Wash hands often; If you have to cough, cough into your elbow; Don’t touch your face; Keep a safe distance; and stay home if possible.
Your cooperation during this difficult and challenging time is appreciated.
Here is what the CDC recommends if you are sick. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
COVID-19 testing locations: https://www.al.com/coronavirus/2020/03/heres-where-you-can-get-tested-for-coronavirus-in-alabama.html
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
John Shearon, Sheriff
500 2nd Ave North Room 204
Clanton, Alabama 35045
Phone (205) 755-4698
Fax (205) 280-7245
March 30, 2020
We are experiencing a very difficult time in our lives that no one in our generation has ever been through before. With that, I can promise you no one has all the answers to this that we are going through, especially me. We are trying to do the best we can with the information we have to keep everyone in our county safe. We cannot give out the names nor the addresses of the people that have tested positive for Covid-19. Health officials on positive cases will investigate to see whom they have come in contact with and will notify these individuals. These individuals will be tested and/or quarantined. From there, the medical professionals will be making contact with those possibly exposed to discuss the necessary actions that need to take place.
Please remember the best way to avoid contracting the virus is to practice excellent hygiene, like washing your hands frequently with soap and water, use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands. Remember not to touch your face with your hands. Keep at least six feet away from other people. Use sanitizing wipes to keep your work stations, phones and personal items sanitary. Follow the CDC’s guidance by staying away from crowds any larger than ten people with safe distancing. If you can, avoid being out any more than you really have to be other than for necessities and work, because people can be contagious before showing signs of the virus.
The main thing is for everyone to stay calm in the midst of all of this. Our jobs are hard enough to start with but when people panic and others start spreading things that are not true, it only complicates our jobs even more. At the time of this post, we have a total of 9 confirmed cases, one of which was confirmed is not from here, they are from another county. We are trying our best to have minimal disruption as we can to everyday business here in the Courthouse. The Commission passed a resolution to allow only 10 people at a time in the courthouse to handle business. Deputies at the front door will be handling this to make sure of how many people are in the Courthouse at one time. This is to cut down on people being contaminated by others as well as to keep the employees as safe as possible. If any of the employees are contaminated this could lead to a complete shutdown and that is what we are trying to avoid in order to keep the business of the County ongoing to serve you.
Certain Chilton County Offices are doing things in different ways because all of our offices are different.
- The Tag Office (Phone: 205-755-1258) is only allowing one person in the office per clerk. So if they have four clerks working there will be four people allowed in the office at a time. They have a clerk posted outside the door, checking to make sure you have the appropriate paperwork before you enter the building. This cuts down on people waiting in line and then getting up to the clerk and not having the appropriate paperwork when they get inside which causes further delay and prolonged exposure. They have also postponed processing titles at this point and are only renewing and issuing tags. You can also go to the Chilton County Revenue Commission website and pay Property taxes, as well as renew vehicle tags online and/or mail them in. Office hours are from 8:30 am- 3:45 pm. There will be a 2.53% fee on each transaction that is charged by the card company to do the transaction.
- The Probate Office (Phone: 205-755-1555) is now only renewing boat tags and Public Notary renewals. They are still recording deeds and accepting marriage affidavits. There will be no driver’s license renewals at this time.
- The Sheriff’s Office (Phone: 205-755-4698), we are renewing Pistol Permits but have temporarily suspended any new Pistol Permits being issued due to the Corona Virus and having to handle any extra paperwork from the public. We are trying to come up with alternative ways to help with this problem but right now it is temporarily suspended. We are still issuing reports for people to be able to sign warrants.
- Sheriff’s Office Administration hours 8am-4pm. Patrol Division hours 24/7. Like us on Facebook for additional updates, or visit our webpage chiltoncountyso.org. Anytime we can answer a call by phone, we will so there is no cross contamination between the citizen and the deputy. Deputies have been advised to not write tickets for expired driver’s license, Pistol Permits and tags while this epidemic is going on. Deputies are still patrolling the county and answering calls for service. If at all possible, we would prefer to handle the reports outside in the fresh air again to keep from contamination.
- The Jail has always been sanitized to keep down any type of infectious diseases. Now with the Corona Virus outbreak, we have sanitized it even more from top to bottom to get rid of any kind of foreign bacteria. We have set up different pods for people coming in and bonding right back out and for the ones that will stay with us a while. The ones that will stay will be held in a holding area for a while to be sure they are not showing any signs of symptoms before being moved to the back where they will stay until bonded out. This is in an attempt to keep the inmates safe as well the employees. There was an order issued over a week or so ago releasing inmates that were on a $5,000 or less bond. Some bonds in those cases had been revoked by other judges, which prevented them from being released, because they had committed other crimes. Some had bonds and due to public safety issues, were not released. The ones who were released by other judges went to hearings and due to them doing what they were supposed to do and being toward the end of their sentence, were released.
- The Circuit Clerk’s Office (Phone: 205-755-4275) is closed to the public at this time. There will be no in person court Criminal or Civil until at least April 16th so if you had any subpoenas or summons for any time prior to that it will be reset at a later date.
- E-911 has been closed to the public but can handle most of your needs by phone or by their Phone App Chilton 911.
Like I said in the beginning, we are at a place and time we have not been before and no one has all the answers. We are doing what we can to keep people safe while fighting this invisible enemy. That’s why we ask you to be mindful about getting out in crowds, which only spreads the virus. We know you still have to work and live, but just trying to cut down on as much interaction as necessary.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all the ones that have been infected by this virus and to the doctors, nurses, first responders, grocery workers and all others on the front line. Thank you for all that you are doing to save lives and help those in need. My prayer is that everyone stays safe and well and that we are back to normal soon.
I hope this gives you some kind of understanding as to why we have had to change some of the ways we have to handle business at the courthouse. We are all in this together. Let’s remember to be patient with one another and try to do all we can to help those less fortunate than us. I know this is quite long but I want the people I serve to know why things are being done the way they are.
God Bless and Thank you
Sheriff John Shearon
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