Hanceville City Council discusses potential uses of 19 acres of gifted land; pending appraisal

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Kenneth Nail discusses his vision for the 19.52 acres gifted to the City of Hanceville (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

 HANCEVILLE, Ala. – The City of Hanceville could soon be receiving a generous gift of land, as the city council approved accepting the gift Thursday evening pending an appraisal. The 19.52 acres are located adjacent to the city’s fire station 1, stretching south and west to just before Mud Creek. The value of the land, according to tax records, is $110,000.  

Mayor Kenneth Nail shared his ideas with the council on how the land should be used. He said, “There’s a good building site right there by the fire station and I know those guys would like, at some point, to build a little training area and a classroom because they don’t have a classroom. Even if we let them have half an acre, there is still 19 acres.”  

For the remaining 19 acres, Nail’s vision is to develop a nature area or animal preserve with walking trails. He said, “I think it needs to stay natural because we can’t afford and don’t need, to build no ballfield over there or playgrounds. It just needs to stay natural.”  

The new land could help the city continue its efforts to connect greenway areas creating a network of trails. Nail showed how trails could be connected from the new land under the bridge on Highway 31 and connecting to Veterans Memorial Park, which in turn connects to greenways leading to the Hanceville Civic Center.  

“It’s workable without costing us an arm and a leg and without costing us a bunch of extra maintenance,” Nail added. Additional projects could be considered, such as the addition of an outdoor classroom.  

The council also congratulated Mollie Hall on being the Wallace State Future Foundation 2021-22 City of Hanceville Scholarship recipient. The $1000 scholarship is awarded each year to a Hanceville High School senior.  

This weekend, June 12, the Hanceville Tractor Show will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the campus of Wallace State.  

The Kingsman concert is scheduled for July 31 at Hanceville Civic Center and Confederate Railroad will perform Sept. 19 at Veterans Park.  

The next Hanceville City Council meeting will be held June 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Hanceville City Hall. The public is invited to attend. 

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