CullmanTimes.com - Cullman, Alabama

September 15, 2013

Hanceville sells old fire station, will study dangerous intersection

By Tiffeny Owens
The Cullman Times

HANCEVILLE — The Hanceville City Council voted Thursday to sell its old fire station to a local church and have police study an intersection after a neighbor’s complaints about drivers speeding.

Charis Church agreed to purchase the old Steppville fire station, as is, from Hanceville for $30,000 plus closing and recording fees. Roger Allen, chairman of the church’s trustees, said his church plans to use the building, located at at 1525 Commercial St. S.E., to hold Sunday school classes. Mayor Kenneth Nail commended the church on the improvements the congregation has already made to the building.

The fire station has previously served as a polling place. The Cullman County Commission agreed to move the voting precinct to the Hanceville Recreation and Wellness Center at 902 Commercial St. N.E. in May.

In an unrelated item, the city council authorized the police department to monitor traffic at the intersection of Kentucky Avenue and Hickory Street and issue tickets to drivers caught speeding. Resident Forest Adams brought his concerns about the intersection to the council’s attention after witnessing drivers “fly through” without stopping at the existing two-way stop. He said the city should consider making the intersection a four-way stop. Police Chief Bob Long said he would have officers set up near the intersection and observe the traffic flows and report his findings to the council at its next meeting.

The  Hanceville City Council conducted other business Thursday:

* Reappointed Margaret Cowart to library board with her term expiring September 2017.

* Discussed resident Sally Alexander’s proposal to increase city revenue.

* Reviewed and held first readings of proposed ordinances: 598 and 599 related to the police department and 595, 596 and 597 related to the city magistrate.

* Approved closing a portion of U.S. 31 on Dec. 7 for the 22nd Annual Cullman County Christmas Parade.

* Approved bank accounts balance sheet.

* Approve minutes from Aug. 22 meeting.      

The Hanceville City Council will hold a work session 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 followed by its 7 p.m. meeting.

*Tiffeny Owens can be reached email at towens@cullmantimes.com or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.