Heflin Industrial Board votes to hire contractor for security improvements at industrial park
by Laura Camper
lcamper@annistonstar.com
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HEFLIN — The Heflin Industrial Development Board will hire a contractor to build fences and improve the gate to the city’s Industrial Park.

The board, which is charged with recruiting industry to Heflin, has been responsible for improving about a mile of the old logging roads into the 212-acre park. The work is done, Board Chairman Wendell Wood told the board members at their meeting Tuesday night, but there has already been a vehicle out there that did some minor damage to the newly finished work.

“It’s not real bad, but it will be if we don’t close it off,” Wood said.

Rick’s Hauling, which did the gravel work on the roads, estimated it would cost $2,600 to build two fences parallel to the road, clear out around the fences, prime and sand the gate and put in bigger posts, Wood said.

The board unanimously voted to have Rick’s Hauling do the work. In the meantime, city staff are watching over the park, said Heflin City Clerk Shane Smith.

“The police are going to start watching much more out there,” Smith said. “The street department’s going to keep an eye on it as well.”

The board spent $13,900 on the road so far, Wood said. The bill for the gravel has not yet arrived, but he estimated it would be about $7,000. With the fence and gate work the board will have used most of the $25,000 the Cleburne County Commission gave the board for infrastructure work in the park, Wood said.

In other business the board:

— Did a final edit of its new website. The board hired Red Sage Communications to design the website on July 8. The members plan to have the site go live after the Dec. 17 Heflin City Council meeting, said Tanya Maloney, one of the board members. The site address will be heflinidb.org.

— Heard that new businesses moving into the area near Interstate 20 and Alabama 46, including Smith Farms, are having difficulty with Internet access. Internet providers don’t want to install a digital subscriber line unless there are a certain number of businesses committed to the area, Maloney said. The board discussed approaching some cable companies about providing Internet to the area.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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