Hartselle updates strategic action plan

 

by Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

Hartselle City Council adopted a revised strategic action plan, effective 2018-2023, at a regular meeting Jan. 9.

The plan is in keeping with Hartselle’s designation as an Alabama Community of Excellence and represents the input and subsequent recommendation of a committee composed of city staff and members of the public, according to city planner Jeremy Griffith.

“The committee met and worked on the updated plan for about three months,” Griffith said. “Now we’ll begin work on the development of a 20-year comprehensive plan.”

The strategic action plan identifies goals and strategies, lists organizations with leadership responsibility and the estimated timeframe needed to fulfill each strategy.

Goals are: recruit new and expand commercial development; promote Hartselle’s unique community identity; improve physical infrastructure and visual appeal; encourage continued focus on and evolution of local school system; and enhance community quality of life of life.

The council also took the first step to allow the legal sale of draft and keg beer inside the corporate limits.

By resolution, the governing body requested the city’s state senator and representative to sponsor, seek and promote the passage of a legislative act that would make it legal for properly-licensed businesses to sell draft and keg beer on their premises. Such an act would enable the city council to vote on a resolution to authorize such sales.

In a separate but related action, the council approved an amended ordinance to refine the definition of “lounge” to avoid confusion with state law and change the age limit of persons prohibited in certain places to conform to state law.

The council acted on other matters as follows:

  • The Fire and Rescue Department was authorized to apply for two FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants totaling $1,095,000. One of the requests is for $1 million for the purchase of a ladder truck. The other is for $95,000 for the purchase of radio control headsets for all trucks. The city’s local match would be 5 percent, or $158,000.
  • A budget transfer of $900 from utilities to truck washing was approved for Public Works.
  • A budget transfer of $7,000 from landfill to street sweeping was approved for Public Works.
  • Public Works was authorized to reapply for an ADEM Recycling Grant.

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