Heflin City Council approves lease plan for downtown restaurant
May 22, 2018
By Bill Wilson
The Anniston Star

The City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to lease city-owned property to a new restaurant on Ross Street so the eatery can build an attached deck. Flora’s Table will lease the property for five years at a total cost of $10.

When it was his time to vote Councilman Shannon Roberts voiced his concerns about the lease.

“I think it’s a good idea. I think it's good for this business to have that,” Roberts said, but added, “I will be against doing this in five years again.”

The council discussed the need for the lease to end after the five years so that the business owner can then buy the property.  

The business will be located in the old Heflin Pocket Billiards Recreation Hall & Cafe building. Currently the building is being renovated.

The council also unanimously declared an emergency to fix the roof at the Arts Center. The roof is leaking due to recent hail damage, which has forced a sewing group to relocate to another room. The council’s action allows it to skip the bid process, which can take up to six weeks, so repairs can be carried out quicker according to Heflin Mayor Rudy Rooks.

Tammy Perry, director of Heflin Parks and Recreation Department, told the council the department received a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama. She said the grant will fund the construction of a restorative walk/garden and dog run which will connect to McIntyre Park.

The walking trail will feature a garden with a place of reflection and a fenced-in area where dog owners can take their dogs, according to Perry. The walking track will be off the street and will be shaded.

The next council work session will be on June 5 at 5:30 p.m. The next two council meetings will be on June 12 and June 26 at 5:30 p.m.

City offices and buildings will be closed this Monday for Memorial Day.