- Cullman, Alabama

March 26, 2014

Good Hope to repair road circling park

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

GOOD HOPE — Madison Drive, the route that loops around the Good Hope park, ball fields, storm shelters and then connects to Alabama Highway 69, will be redone by the city for just shy of $45,000.

Mayor Corey Harbison said the roadway has needed repairs for sometime, and it became apparent as tournament season began for traveling baseball and softball teams. The $44,176 will come from the Alabama trust fund and the Good Hope general fund.

“It never had a good base under it so we’re going to fix the base and then pave the road,” Harbison said. “We host multiple tournaments at the ball fields, and the road is crumbling and only getting worse.”

 Harbison said Madison Drive is approximately half a mile long and work should begin within 3-4 weeks.

“Good Hope had the cheapest bid for the project so we will likely let them do it,” Harbison said. “It won’t take a week to finish the project once they start it.”

Harbison said they eventually hope to pave and stripe the park’s neighboring parking lot in the future at an estimated cost of $135,000.

In other business the council:

* Listened to Cullman County Sheriff Candidate Matt Gentry share his positions if elected Sheriff. “My office will have an open-door policy, it will be held with accountability from the bottom up, and we will turn it back over to the people.”

* Discussed purchasing a John Deere lawn mower for $7,900 or a Grasshopper lawn mower for $8,078.

* Announced Good Hope’s Fun Day in the park will be held on Saturday, April 12.

* Mentioned the water treatment plant was in compliance with all requirements.

A special work session will be held Monday, April 7 at 6 p.m. The next regular council meeting with be Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m.

 * Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.