Hartselle hearing to discuss canopies
By Deangelo McDaniel
HARTSELLE — What color do you want the downtown canopies to be?
What about Auburn orange and blue or Alabama crimson and white?
City leaders have not selected a color; however, if you have an opinion, they want to hear from you.
Hartselle will hold a public hearing Monday at 5 p.m. in City Hall to discuss the canopies.
“We want to know what people think and want, especially the business and property owners in downtown,” Mayor Dwight Tankersley said.
Hartselle is using a $480,000 grant to modernize the look of downtown by replacing the more than 30-year-old, almost-flat canopies.
The money is through the Alabama Department of Transportation. City Planner Jeremy Griffith said the city will perform the restoration work in two phases. The first includes installing new canopies on both sides of Main Street from Railroad to Sycamore streets.
Tankersley said the city will apply for a second grant to cover the second phase, which includes business fronts on Main Street from Sycamore to Corsbie Street.
The mayor said grant writers and engineers who worked on the first phase have assured Hartselle that additional state money will be available for phase two. The council hired Terry Acuff of Community Consultants to write the grant the state approved for $480,000.
“The new canopies will significantly change how downtown looks,” Tankersley said.
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