By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
GOOD HOPE —
Two new businesses are preparing to open in Good Hope.
The city council met Monday night to discuss the new businesses as well as upcoming city-wide events, repairs for multiple roads and installing a three-way stop.
The city will welcome a pharmacy and urgent care business where a plaza is currently located near the Coca Cola building on the corner of Lindsey Road and Old Highway 69. Mayor Corey Harbison said Good Hope will see many positive changes coming to Exit 304 and having these two new businesses locally can save residents time and money in traveling elsewhere for health care.
“The pharmacy and urgent care buildings requested a portion of the acres that are available in that area, and Good Hope will buy the other portions in order to clean it up and resale it,” Harbison said. “At this point we are waiting for the current tenants to relocate because the owner of the property has to give 60 days notice for the tenants to vacate and we are into the 60-day process.”
Harbison said Keith Brown, owner of the pharmacy building, is leasing out the urgent care building. Brown committed to 1.11 of the 4.44 available acres at the plaza. The City of Good Hope committed to purchasing the remaining 3.33 acres to service the area for resale to future potential buyers.
Harbison also said after a year of waiting he received approval from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)’s traffic engineer for the groundbreaking of a new truck stop and plaza center with an accompanying Wendy’s restaurant. The groundbreaking will be in two weeks.
In other business the council:
Man-hole and line repairs will begin next week, council member Susan Eller announced to the council.
council member Jerry Bartlett said he expects 1,500 plates will be needed for the upcoming Thanksgiving meal provided free of charge in November. Bartlett said food will be ordered from Cullman County schools.
“We are two months out and are now beginning the donations process where we seek to get the cost of food covered,” Bartlett said. “We will have to buy plates, salt and pepper, that kind of stuff.”
The Christmas parade planning has also begun as Bartlett mentioned handing out 40 flyers at the civic center and has received two entry forms. The council will also be looking for Christmas light sponsors from local businesses.
Christmas in the park 2013 will feature Santa Clause on site, free chili and hot-dog, and are also planning, seeking donations, and potential grants for the event.
The most recent softball tournament Good Hope hosted last weekend brought in $500 from concession sales.
Lauren Estes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.