Ohatchee council closer to purchasing storage property
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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OHATCHEE — The Town Council on Tuesday moved one step closer to purchasing land and a storage barn on Alabama 77 from Calhoun County.

The fate of the land and the barn, which could be used for storage, has been in limbo since last summer due to environmental factors. The town wanted confirmation that the county would continue to monitor land where underground fuel tanks were located. A new proposal from the county would keep the land immediately around the fuel tanks and sell the remaining part of the 2.5 acre parcel to the town for $10, with the option of selling the rest of the property for an additional $10 once the land is cleared for use by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

“It was just figuring out how the county would take care of its responsibility,” said Ohatchee Mayor Steve Baswell.

Although the council took no action Tuesday concerning the land, it could approve the purchase at its February meeting.

The council on Tuesday also approved buying a $6,987 air conditioning unit for the Fort McClellan Credit Union on Alabama 77. Because the business operates out of a building owned by the town, the council is responsible for maintenance. Baswell said with the replacement unit for the Credit Union, almost all of the air conditioning units in the building — which contains Ohatchee Groceries and Ohatchee Hardware — will be up-to-date.

The council on Tuesday moved the date of its February meeting to Feb. 10 to avoid conflicts with President’s Day.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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