Hanceville City Council honors Joshua Foran for life well lived

Hanceville Fire Chief Rodger Green, “Forged in Fire” winner Josh Foran, Councilwoman Kim Brown, Councilman Jimmy Sawyer, Councilman Jimmie Nuss, Councilwoman Patty Dean and Mayor Kenneth Nail (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – The Hanceville City Council at its last meeting celebrated resident Josh Foran for a job well done. Mayor Kenneth Nail issued a proclamation honoring Foran for a well-lived life and congratulating him for winning The HISTORY Channel’s competition show “Forged in Fire.” Foran and his wife Ashley reside on a 30-acre farm in the Stouts Mountain area where he owns and operates Josh of all Trades Blacksmithing.  

After the meeting, a reception was held for Foran. Guests enjoyed desserts made by Hanceville’s Brenda Carter, whose reputation as a premier baker was proven true. 

During the meeting, Nail made two appointments to the Hanceville Housing Authority. Betty Godbee is slated to take over Betty Melton’s position and Cathi Bradford was reappointed to her seat.  

Looking to the possibility of adding a heavy load hauling ordinance, Nail told of a recent situation with a heavy load which caused more damage to Hopewell Road.  

After consulting with the City’s attorney, Dan Willingham, Nail said, “We shut them down.” Going on, he said, “My job is to protect the taxpayers of Hanceville and you’re destroying our streets. These guys know that our city streets are not designed for multi loads going by.” 

The council decided to weigh the options on the tentative ordinance and go from there. 

A $214,500 bid from Truckworx was opened for a 2023 dump truck it said can be delivered this fall. Nail noted the City profited $56,000 from the sale of a triaxle truck it purchased last year and used for only six months. He said the plan for the new truck will be the same. The City plans to use the new truck for 6-8 months, while watching the market, and then sell it to come out from under the loan the purchase will require from Cullman Savings Bank. The council voted to accept the bid.  

Last month, the Hanceville Fire Department fielded seven fire calls, 81 medical calls, 11 lift assists and seven vehicle accidents for a total of 106 calls. 

The Hanceville Police Department handled 760 total calls, 26 arrests, 29 warrant arrests and 69 traffic citations last month. 

While giving an update on the construction at the jail, Nail said, “We’re slowing down a little bit. We’re not sure what’s going on. We got our COVID money last year back in June. We anticipated, and the rules said, it would be 12 months, which would have been June. June came and went, and we didn’t get nothing. We’ve called (Congressman Robert) Aderholt’s office and a couple of other places to find out what’s going on. They don’t seem to know. So, we’re kind of waiting on that.” 

Noting that the heat has taken its toll on City workers, the mayor said some of the City’s crews have shifted their work schedules to allow them to come in earlier in the morning during the cooler times of day. 

Hanceville City Council meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be Thursday, July 28. The work session will begin at 5 p.m. and the regular meeting at 5:30 at Hanceville City Hall. 

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