Good Hope City Council discusses new speed zone, utilities expansion

The Good Hope City Council held a reading for a pair of city ordinances at Monday’s meeting. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE, Ala. – Good Hope’s City Council held its first regularly scheduled meeting of the month at Good Hope City Hall Monday had a pair of readings for upcoming city ordinances. Before the council got to the readings, they discussed potential plans for expanding the city water and sewage systems with Walter Lewis, Managing Director with Piper Sandler & Co. The Council and Lewis agreed that as the City of Good Hope continues to grow, a plan for expanding city utilities will become necessary in the future.

Following those discussions, the Council moved on to the readings for a pair of ordinances regarding a new speed zone and a property rezoning. The first was Ordinance No: 001-2022 to re-zone a parcel of property from R-2 to B-2.

“Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Good Hope, Alabama as follows:

Whereas, this ordinance is enacted pursuant to the Act and the city’s general jurisdictional power and land use authority, it is therefore provided: For the purpose of rezoning the below parcel of property from R-2 located in the corporate limits of the City of Good Hope, Cullman County, Alabama to Business District.

A parcel of land, 14 acres +/- in the City of Good Hope, more particularly described as follows:

The West half of the SW ¼ of Section 33, Township 10 South, Range 3 West, containing 20 acres, more or less. LESS 7 EXCEPTING: 4.36 acres heretofore sold to State of Alabama for right of way for Interstate Highway No. 65. Also, less and except a strip of land 20 feet in width deeded to Burrow and Edge Company, Incorporated, said easement filed for records in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Cullman County, Alabama in Deed Book 286, Page 43. Situated, lying and being in Cullman County, State of Alabama.”

The Council will hold a public hearing for this ordinance at its next meeting. The second ordinance was Ordinance No. 003-2022 to establish a speed zone. With several recent traffic accidents happening in the same area on Highway 69 (CR 437), Mayor Jerry Bartlett and the Council are moving to try and slow down drivers passing through the area.

“What we decided to do is make it a speed zone from there at the beginning of Wiregrass (Construction),” Bartlett said. “We put up a large speed zone sign and we’ve put up about three 35 mph signs up to the red light.”

The ordinance states in part,

“Any person driving a vehicle within the city limits of Good Hope shall drive at a careful and prudent speed not greater than is reasonable and proper, having due regard to the traffic, surface and width of the street or highway and of any other conditions then existing. No person shall drive any vehicle within the city at such a speed as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person.

It shall be prima facie unlawful for any person to operate any automobile, motorcycle, truck or any other motor vehicle at a speed in excess of thirty-five (35) miles per hour on or in the SPEED ZONE set between GPS coordinates 34.099588 (parking lot of Wiregrass Construction) and 34-093458-86.882059 (Bavar Creek Bridge), within the municipal limit of the City of Good Hope, Alabama.”

The Good Hope City Council will hold its next meeting Monday, Feb 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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