By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times
A historic piece of property is now back in the hands of the county.
Earlier this week, the Cullman County Commission accepted the donation of the Hays Home from the Historical Society. The home, which sits a block south of the courthouse at 611 First Ave. SW, was damaged during the April 27 tornado almost two years ago. Greg Richter, a member of the Historical Society, told commissioners, the society had insurance to replace the home, however the work needed wouldn’t restore the dwelling to its historic character.
“Regretfully, we would like to give it back to the county because we’re just completely unable to do anything with it,” Richter said.
He added the society has attempted to sell it, as well as even give it away, but have been unsuccessful with both.
“We’ve had no takers with either,” Richter said. “We attempted to give it away because it has to be moved from county property. We had several people look at it, but when they saw the moving cost, they didn’t want it.”
In addition to giving the house and property back, the society also returned $5,000 the county gave them to maintain it.
When asked what the county has in mind to do with it, Cullman County Commission Chairman Kenneth Walker said the plan is to bid it out to be torn down and moved off the property.
In other business, the commission:
‰ confirmed a tax abatement by the town of South Vinemont for Perfection Chain Products for a new building and manufacturing machinery in the amount of $2,650,000.
‰ authorized the Water Department Manager to contract for necessary repairs to the Water Department from flood damage.
‰ approved resolution 2013-17 - Transportation Enhancement Application for Downtown Streetscape project along Hwy. 31 from 5th St. to 7th St. SW.
‰ approved resolution 2013-18 - ATRIP project for resurfacing, guard rails, and traffic stripe on County Road 565 from County Road 490 to the Hanceville City limits.
‰ approved resolution 2013-19- ATRIP project for resurfacing, guard rails, and traffic stripe on County Road 747 from Blount County line to County Road 1545.
‰ approved resolution 2013-20- ATRIP project for resurfacing, guard rails, and traffic stripe on County Road 1101 from Lawrence County line to Highway 157.
‰ approved resolution 2013-21- ATRIP project for resurfacing, guard rails, and traffic stripe on County Road 1223 from AL. Hwy. 31 to County Road 1242.
‰ approved resolution 2013-22 - ATRIP project for resurfacing, guard rails, and traffic stripe on County Road 1435 from AL Hwy. 157 to Morgan County line.
* approved resolution 2013-23 to authorize the chairman to obtain funding for the interchange at I-65 and County Road 222.
* considered a rate increase charged to municipalities and schools for work done by the County Road Department: Regular work day $65.00 per hour. Non scheduled work day $75.00 per hour.
* authorized the purchase of a 2009 Chevrolet Colorado for C.A.R.T.S for $9,000 from surplus at Eva.
* approved the re-appointment of Eddie Bedard to the Revolving Loan Fund Review Committee of NARCOG for a term to expire at Sept. 30, 2015.
* approved Chairman Walker's appointment of Earlene Johnson to the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Board for a term to expire November 2016.
* approved a request from the East and West Cullman Baptist Associations in conjunction with the Alabama Baptist Association to use the front courthouse steps for the National Day of Prayer meeting Thursday, Feb. 28.
* approved a request from the New Ground Fellowship Ministries to use the south parking lot on March 2 from 6-8 p.m.
The next commission meeting will be held Tuesday, March 12 at 10 a.m. in the commission meeting room located on the first floor of the Cullman County Courthouse.
Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at email@example.com