Good Hope moves forward with park plans, talks Back-to-School Bash

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Good Hope City Councilmen Taft Dillashaw and Greg Brown are seen at Monday night’s meeting. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE, Ala. – The City of Good Hope is taking the first steps since purchasing 33.68 acres adjacent to Municipal Park to begin developing the land for recreational purposes. The city council voted Monday night to allow Mayor Jerry Bartlett to enter into a contract with St. John & Associates for engineering services. 

Bartlett said, “They’re going to draw us up what they proposed by looking at the land and what would go good in there. We told them we wanted a centrally-located pavilion and we wanted at least 3.1 miles of trails. They are going to take the layout and draw us up a proposal of what it should look like and then we will give our input and go back and work up exactly what we want to do.”

In addition to the engineering, St. John will work with the City of Good Hope on any grants it may obtain during the process. 

The council also passed a resolution that will allow on-call engineering services to be done by St. John for projects less than $3,000. 

In other business, Bartlett asked council members to be thinking about a nominee to represent Good Hope on the County Board of Equalization. Chance Pope was the previous appointee but has moved. The four-year term for the next County Board of Equalization begins Oct. 1, 2019. The council will make its selection at the next council meeting. 

The council also agreed to move $32,000 from a miscellaneous expense account to help cover the costs of some unplanned road work. Recently completed projects include:

  • Replacement and widening of the culvert at the end of Buettner Drive
  • Replacement of two culverts at the 3-way on Montcrest
  • Replacement of the large culvert at Hathcock Park
  • Headwall at Day Gap- across from the community center
  • Paving on Willow Springs
  • Paving on Montcrest
  • Paving on Super Saver Road
  • Paving on Good Hope School Road

The Good Hope Back-to-School Bash is planned for Thursday, Aug. 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at city hall/Municipal Park The event will include an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter and firetrucks, bouncy houses, free hamburgers, hot dogs and T-shirts. Councilman Taft

Dillashaw said he hopes to have the 2019 Good Hope Raider football team at the bash to help out. The football team will also be hosting a camp with the youth football teams this week.

Dillashaw said, “They will probably be tired, but we will try to get them there next Thursday.”

The next Good Hope City Council Meeting will be Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

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