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    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

    headland official seal 200x200  

    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

  • headland official seal 200x200

    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

    headland official seal 200x200  

    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

  • headland official seal 200x200

    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

    headland official seal 200x200  

    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

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Old-Alabama-Power-Facility

The city of Headland is growing, and to keep up with that growth, the city council is constantly looking for ways to improve the lives of local residents. They took another step in that direction Tuesday by approving the lease of the old Alabama Power building on the square for city administrative use.

"I think this will be a great asset to our city, especially bringing in some county business to join hands with us," Mayor Ray Marler said. The current city hall is bursting at the seams with offices and the new building will give the city room to grow while allowing for better services to the public.

The city of Headland is growing, and to keep up with that growth, the city council is constantly looking for ways to improve the lives of local residents. They took another step in that direction Tuesday by approving the lease of the old Alabama Power building on the square for city administrative use.

"I think this will be a great asset to our city, especially bringing in some county business to join hands with us," Mayor Ray Marler said. The current city hall is bursting at the seams with offices and the new building will give the city room to grow while allowing for better services to the public.

The building has been shown to Probate Judge David Money, the mayor said, and there are hopes county satellite offices could be located in Headland, as well. "Everybody is excited, and there's a lot we can do," Marler said. "We'll make this work, guys."

There are still a number of details to be worked out, and Marler suggested a five-year lease with an option to purchase, as soon as three to five years. The council approved the lease, with the stipulation the owner continue service and repairs on the heating and air conditioning systems. The lease is scheduled to take effect July 1.

The council honored three longtime members of the city's library board for their service to Headland. The three members honored have a total of 38 years of service, and each has served as board chairman. They include Betty McGriff, Nell Parker and Zona Gayle Baxter. The city presented plaques to the three, while the library gave them potted plants. Mrs. McGriff, who is no longer on the board, was unable to attend the meeting. Her husband, Don, represented her.

Librarian Joan Moulton thanked the city for recent work to the building. "We've got clean paint, clean carpet, new kitchen and new bathroom," she said. Other board members include Rose Reeves, Roberta Childs and Regina Espy.

The ceremony was part of a recognition of April 15 as National Library Workers Day and April 13-19 as National Library Week. "I encourage all in this community to take advantage of the variety of library resources available and to thank library workers for their exceptional contributions to American Life," Marler said in a proclamation.

The council approved resolution 4-2014-A for application of a transportation alternatives program grant for sidewalk work in the city. The city's 20-percent matching share of the grant is $38,000. It also approved Ordinance 4-2014-1, selling a portion of the old Wex-Tex property to Benton Beasley for $4,000.

The council approved its withdrawal from consideration for a grant which would have replaced water meters with electronic meter readers and allowed computerized water tank operations.

The council okayed Water Superintendent Jason Singletary's attendance at ARWA conference in Panama City May 20-21. His attendance is mandatory for license renewal.

Marler said the city's main street project is now complete. "It looks really good," he said. "There are already a lot of people using the bicycle lanes." He thanked the council for their support.

Marler also thanked city residents for their attendance of recreation baseball and softball games. Their patronage at the concession stand was also noted. also in the baseball area, the city has received the bid on the Alabama Dixie Majors Baseball Tournament, planned for July 18. There will be eight teams participating. This is the second straight year the city has received the honor.

Marler also urged residents to take advantage of the city's on-line water department payment system, set to begin shortly.

The council approved reappointment of members of the industrial development board. They serve six-year staggered terms. Members include Chairman Mike Mullins, Tom Solomon, Barry Singletary, Dwight Gamble, Willie Holman, Larry Wells, Chris Capps, Grady McDaniel and Rhonda Harrison.

Mrs. Harrison also said the city's chamber will hold a meeting at The Oyster Bar in Headland at noon today.
Chief Mark Jones said his department will present the "Drunk Busters" program at Headland High today. There will be drunk driving simulations, videos and a program on the dangers of alcohol abuse. "It is an eye opener," he said.