Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 7:04 AM
|Former HPD dispatch||Mike Tuck dispatches temporarily from the Safe Room|
Last week, the last entity to move out of city hall was the police department before the building will be turned over to CVS for demolition beginning in May. Haleyville Offices for Police Chief Kyle Reogas, the police secretary and investigator, booking room and a police locker room are now located in the Neighborhood Facilities Building.
The Mayor's office along with city administrative personnel had already moved to the same facility. City court and council meetings have been held in the temporary home awaiting the construction of the new city hall expected to be completed by November, or as late as January, depending on the weather according to Mayor Ken Sunseri.
The property containing the Haleyville city hall building, constructed in the early 50's, along with the Haleyville Fire Station located in the back, was sold to CVS with plans to build a new CVS on the site located on Highway 13 between 19th and 20th Streets.
The new Haleyville fire station is in final stages of construction with the interior work well under way. Even though CVS has legal ownership of the old city hall and fire station property, the city has until April 30 to vacate.
First to move from the old city hall was the water department, now located in a new building on the corner of 21st Street and Alabama Avenue. The end result of the CVS deal is a new city hall, a new fire station and water department building.
Other public works in the Haleyville underway include include sewer line work in the Cummins subdivision, a half million dollar project done with monies left over from a previous grant. The construction of a culvert underneath Highway 13 north at 8th Avenue is just getting underway with the relocation of power, water and sewer lines. Weather has delayed work on that project as well as the construction of a new ball park on north 9th Avenue. Haleyville's landscape is definitely changing and improving, a slow process, but worth it in the end.