Good Hope donates $45K to schools, organizations

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Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune

Left to right: Councilman Taft Dillashaw, Councilman Greg Brown, Councilman John Harris, WellStone Behavioral Health COO Chris Van Dyke, Councilman Maxie Jones and Mayor Jerry Bartlett (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE – The Good Hope City Council on Monday night presented donations to several local organizations and schools. In all, the City donated a total of $45,500, all from alcohol revenues. In addition to the normal amounts given to Good Hope Schools ($14,000 to the high school and $4,000 each to the primary, elementary and middle school), the following were awarded: Good Hope Fire and Rescue ($6,000), Good Samaritan Health Clinic ($1,500), Margaret Jean Jones Center ($1,000), Cullman Area Mental Health (WellStone) ($3,000), Cullman Caring for Kids ($2,500), Cullman County Soil & Water Conservation District($1,500), North Alabama Agriplex ($2,500) and Cullman County Emergency Management Agency ($1,500).

Representatives from each school and organization were on hand to receive the donations Monday night, except for Tonya Cupp, principal of Good Hope Primary School, and Scott McDonald, assistant director of Cullman County Emergency Management Agency, who were presented their checks prior to the meeting.

Mayor Jerry Bartlett introduced Resolution No. 001-2019, a contract agreement with consulting firm Retail Strategies, which describes itself as “a full-service consulting firm that develops and implements long-term retail real estate strategies for municipalities and economic development agencies.”

Bartlett said “to test the waters,” the City of Good Hope will enter a $12,000, six-month contract with Retail Strategies. The City will get a cheaper rate than normal for 10 “contacts,” who also work for the City of Cullman. Bartlett said he and Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs spoke and that the City of Cullman approved the City of Good Hope going into the contract with the same contacts. The resolution passed.

The Good Hope City Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

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