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Clay receives county grant for senior center

By Lee Weyhrich

The city of Clay has succeeded in acquiring a $160,000 grant from Jefferson County to improve the Clay Senior Activity Center, City Manager Ronnie Dixon announced at Monday’s city council meeting.

The funds will go toward improving the facility’s kitchen, building a sunroom and developing an outdoor area.

The senior center, located at 6415 Clay-Palmerdale Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Clay Senior Activity Center
photo courtesy of www.clayalabama.org

The Clay City Council also approved a recommendation by Councilman Ben Thackerson to allocate $25,000 for the development of a frisbee golf course. Much of the labor and materials for the completion of the course are being donated. The funds would pay for the locks, concrete, galvanized pipes, signs, benches and baskets.

The council also discussed the renewal of two contracts with the Clay-Pinson Chamber of Commerce. Once contract is for $6,500 for the chamber itself, the other $5,000 for Clay May Days festivities. The council discussed plans to possibly move the annual festival from the area near Clay Elementary School and Clay-Chalkville High School to either Cosby Lake or the city’s ball fields. The ball fields may be preferable because of better parking and fewer traffic concerns.

“This would be a complete revamping of May Day if we could have it at the park,” Dixon said.

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