Heflin council ponders effort to aid new restaurant
May 8, 2018
By Bill Wilson
The Anniston Star

A new restaurant will be opening here this summer and if the details can be worked out the eatery will feature an enclosed deck — courtesy of the City of Heflin. During a work session followed by a regular meeting, the City Council discussed leasing to the restaurant owner a piece of city property on which the deck would be built. The city would get $10 a year for five years out of the deal but the owner, Caron Duckworth, would have to provide the liability insurance and maintain the property.

The restaurant — Flora’s Table —  will be in the old Heflin Pocket Billiards Recreation Hall & Cafe building on Ross Street.

There was some discussion by council members about whether the owner could have the option of buying the property outright at the end of the five-year lease.

Mayor Rudy Rooks said the property does not have any monetary value, but leasing it to the restaurant falls in line with what Heflin Main Street is trying to do — assist businesses that want to invest money in downtown.

Councilwoman Rhonda Green said it would be beneficial to the city to lease the property to the restaurant because the “end goal” is to make the city look good.

The council will vote on the lease ordinance at the next council meeting.

During departmental reports Heflin police Chief A. J. Benefield reported the following statistics for the month of April:

— 736 business checks

— 53 incidence reports

— 1 crash report

— 36 cases closed by arrest

— 48 traffic citations

— 148 traffic warnings

Rooks thanked the police department for their handling of the bank robbery at the Small Town Bank last week.

“I really want to commend the department, the officers involved, the work and coordination with the Sheriff’s department,” Rooks said.

City Clerk Shane Smith reported that Evans Bridge Road was repaved last week and he asked the council to come up with a list of other roads to be repaved.

Smith also raised the topic of a better plan for brush and limb removal in the city. He proposed having the city pick up brush during the first week of each month and cover all five city districts — one district for each day of the week.

Smith said some residents have haphazardly tossed their trees and brush next to the road. Smith showed slides which included a pile of logs that had to be cut up by city workers before the grappling truck could pick them up.

Smith proposed:

— Fee for additional pickup

— Brush and limbs must be stacked neatly

— Size limits on limbs

— Brush must be clear of power lines

— Brush must not be next to structures

— Residents allowed one full truckload per month

Smith stressed that the ordinance is a “work in progress” and more discussions are needed.

The next council meeting will be on May 22 at 5:30 p.m.

This Saturday Heflin Main Street will host Get Outdoors Day at Cahulga Creek Park from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Activities include kayaking on the watershed and free disc golf lessons. Kayaks will be available to rent from Tallapoosa River Outfitters for people who don’t bring their own.