Good Hope approves new zoning ordinance

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Good Hope City Council (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE, Ala. – Back in May 2018, the Good Hope City Council, based on an opinion from the Good Hope Planning Commission, hired consulting firm Kendig Keast Collaborative to review the City’s zoning ordinance. On Monday night, the council approved a new zoning ordinance, the goal of which is to make the city more attractive to developers.

Mayor Jerry Bartlett explained of the new ordinance, saying, “It took out maybe 20 pages of words that we didn’t need. They streamlined it and it’s given us more control. It’s just better and by smarter people than us.”

The full ordinance will be posted by the city. 

The council voted to enter into an agreement with Living Water Systems (LWS) as discussed at February’s council meeting. LWS will be using flow meters to help pinpoint any troubled areas in the city’s 30-year-old sewer system. The flow meters will provide the necessary data to develop a comprehensive maintenance plan. By having the plan, the city would then be eligible for grant monies to assist in needed maintenance and repairs. The plan may also qualify the city for debt forgiveness on some loans. 

Phase 1 of the project is the 90-day flow meter testing and will cost between $23,500 and $26,500. Phase 2 will be the development of the plan based on the data from Phase 1.and will cost no more than $8,500. 

LWS’ Grady Parsons gave an update on the city’s sewer system, saying, “It was the easiest week since November.”

The sunny weather has given a welcome reprieve to the city’s water and sewer systems. According to Parsons, the 90-day period between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28 saw the sixth highest recorded rainfall totals of any 90-day period in the last 100 years. 

The AGCOR Steel sewer extension project has begun and an official with Apel estimated that work could begin on Willow Springs Circle in a month. Residents of the area can expect written notifications at least two weeks prior to work starting. 

The council entered into an executive session for approximately 20 minutes but gave no indication as to the topic of discussion. 

Council member Greg Brown thanked the community, the schools and especially the Good Hope Band for making the city’s food drive a “huge success.” The food will be used to keep the food pantry at city hall stocked. 

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