Buster Miles Chevrolet seeking help from city for expansion
by Laura Camper
news@cleburnenews.com
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Representing longtime Heflin business Buster Miles Chevrolet, Matt Miles on Tuesday approached the Heflin City Council to request $15,000 worth of site improvements from the city for a planned expansion of the dealership.

Company officials want to expand on property the company already owns on Almon Street, Miles said.

“This is subject to GM’s approval,” Miles said. “I have not sent the official letter to Chevrolet.”

The plans should be finalized over the next 30 to 60 days, he said. However, Miles said, he was approaching the council members to request the city provide a building permit, water meter tap fees and sewer lines to the new building, an estimated $15,000, at no cost.

The council took no vote on the matter because the proposal was made during a work session, not a formal meeting.

In a letter outlining the proposal, Miles said the business collects about $408,000 in sales tax each year. The city receives about $120,000 of that revenue, he added. With the expansion, the company expects to increase sales by 20 percent or more. Miles said the expansion would also mean 20 percent more jobs for the company, which currently has 58 employees.

Under the plans, the Chevrolet dealership on Ross Street would become an expanded used car sales lot and body shop, Miles said. The Chevrolet dealership would move to two parcels of property behind the Buster Miles Ford dealership on Almon Street, Miles said. It would be accessed by the old Heflin-Wedowee Road, he added.

The company will make a finalized announcement within the next 60 days, Miles said.

“I just wanted to let y’all know and give you a better to look over what we’re trying to do to continue to be a vital part of this community,” Miles said.

In other business:

• A public hearing concerning a liquor license for Father and Son Grill on Burns Street drew no comments from the public and the Heflin City Council approved the license by a 4-1 vote.

Councilman Shannon Roberts, the sole no vote, hesitated before he cast his vote, but didn’t offer an explanation.

• A liquor license for Express Mart #23 on Alabama 46 unanimously passed. The store had mistakenly approached the Cleburne County Commission for a liquor license which it granted. Staff then discovered the store was in the city of Heflin’s jurisdiction, Mayor Rudy Rooks said.

• City Clerk Shane Smith presented the council members proposed changes to the alcohol ordinance that would allow the council to grant a special permit or lease that would allow alcohol to be served in public facilities for special events. The council should vote on the issue at the next meeting on July 9.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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