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Hartselle mayor says road repairs coming soon

By Deangelo McDaniel 340-2469

HARTSELLE — If you travel Foote Road to your home and you're tried of dodging potholes, help is on the way.

Mayor Dwight Tankersley said the city will spend about $216,000 this summer upgrading the narrow road, which leads to Hickory Heights subdivision, an upscale neighborhood.

The subdivision's developer, Jimmy Little, agreed to construct a temporary road at his expense so homeowners can come and go while Foote Road is repaired.

"The temporary road is going to Airport Road," Tankersley said.

Homeowners in Hickory Heights have been waiting for more than 10 years and three city administrations to get the road repaired.

"We're going to do it, and I hope to have it completed by the end of summer," Tankersley said.

District 2 Morgan County Commissioner Ken Livingston has agreed to use county equipment to help with the project.

Hartselle, according to the mayor, is coordinating a timeline between Livingston and Shelby Contracting of Decatur.

"Of course, we can't do anything until we have the temporary road in place," Tankersley said.

Saying Hartselle is years behind, Council President Kenny Thompson has pushed city leaders to pave more streets.

"I hear it all the time," he said. "People want us to pave more streets."

In 2005, the city spent $104,000 repairing or resurfacing 12 streets and $142,000 to widen and resurface Garner Road.

Hartselle uses the Gasoline Tax Fund, which generates between $100,000 and $125,000 annually, for street projects.

Tankersley said city leaders will approve their annual paving list at the next council meeting.

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