By Sam Poe
Saturday, September 28, 2013 | 11:09 PM
The Haleyville City Council met for a work session Thursday evening to discuss the plan to sell City Hall to CVS Pharmacy. The contract the city entered with CVS was up for a decision Wednesday afternoon. At this time, CVS has requested an extension for making a final decision until December 8, 2013. However, CVS Pharmacy has already begun purchasing permits that will be needed for the demolition of the current structure and the building of the new pharmacy from various organizations including the City of Haleyville and the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Currently, the council is discussing having plans drawn up by the architect for a new City Hall and Fire Department. While the plans will not be used if the deal with CVS falls through, the plans can be used in the future, in the case of a purchase of the property or if the building is destroyed by fire or a natural disaster. This also eliminates 90-120 days of the building process if the deal is finalized with CVS. In addition, the council is discussing having cameras, phone lines, and other essential equipment added to the Neighborhood Facilities Building, so it can be used as a backup for City Hall, either during the rebuilding process or if City Hall was destroyed by a force of nature. Also, the council discussed locations that would work for the new Fire Department and City Hall. Some of those locations include the old Cadence Bank, the Tidwell property on Highway 13 South, the Dobbs property near the Neighborhood Facilities Building, and on top of the city's safe room.
Decisions on these subjects are expected to be voted on at the Haleyville City Council meeting next Monday evening.