By Sam Poe
Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 11:05 PM
The Haleyville City Council met for a special called work session Thursday evening. This session was called to discuss the possiblity of selling the Haleyville City Hall to CVS Pharmacy. An agent for CVS Pharmacy recently contacted the city to discuss their interest in the property. Several Haleyville residents attended the work session and participated in the discussion on this matter.
At this time, there are many unanswered questions on the subject. Some of those include property value, relocation site for all affected city departments, cost of relocation and rebuilding, and an agreeable sell amount. If the purchase was completed the following departments would be forced to relocate: Haleyville City Hall, Water and Sewer Department, Police Department, and Fire Department. The council discussed renovations and updates that will be needed to the current building within the next three to five years. Among those renovations will be a new roof, which will cost approximately $300,000 alone.
Both the council members and residents in attendance agreed that this could be an advantage for the city, if all aspects of the deal fall into place. There was no opposition to the sell of the Haleyville City Hall voiced during the meeting, however, the current offer of $850,000 will not be enough to cover the relocation expenses of the departments involved. The council will discuss the terms of the agreement with the potential buyer, and the councilmen will also start looking at alternate locations for the departments that will be forced to move if an agreement is reached. City officials will also look for grant money to assist with additional costs of updating buildings and equipment for the affected departments.
The process is expected to take several months before any agreement is reached.