The council had scheduled a public hearing for a manufacturing license for High Country Cellars, a winery set to open in late March or early April. No one came to speak at the hearing and the council members approved the license unanimously. Owner Keith Roberts was at the meeting and thanked the council for their support.
The council also unanimously approved two liquor licenses for new businesses moving into the shuttered Shell Station off Interstate 20 at exit 199. It approved the Heflin Stop and Shop Gas Station for retail beer and wine licenses, both off-premises, and it approved an off-premises package liquor license for the Liquor King; that business will be moving into a building connected to the gas station. That building use to house Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, according to City Clerk Shane Smith.
The businesses are scheduled to open in a couple of weeks, Smith said.
In other business the council:
— Heard that the bridge on Bells Mill Road is nearly finished. Mayor Rudy Rooks said it appears that guardrails need to be put in and some landscaping done, and then the project will be finished.
— Heard that the city will be having a study done by Helena-based Ameresco for a potential energy-saving performance contract with the company. The study won’t cost the city anything, Rooks said. But the company guarantees energy savings, he said. Councilman Travis Crowe said he thought it was a good idea.
— Heard the Ford Explorer that Crowe was using to transport inmates for work detail died. The city received a donation of another vehicle from Jerry Kaylor, Crowe said.
— Heard that after resident complaints of speeders on the street, the police department has been patrolling Giles Street. Heflin police Chief A. J. Benefield said the fastest the officers have clocked drivers over the last couple of weeks is 23 mph in the 20 mph zone. They did clock a school bus going 22 mph, he said.
— Heard the city has had a rash of street sign thefts. Benefield said some of the signs turn up in teenagers’ bedrooms.
“It’s a collector thing,” Benefield said.
Some get run over, he said.
— Heard District Attorney Brian McVeigh will be at the Cleburne County Courthouse on Thursday at noon to answer questions from the public. He will be recruiting members for a Citizen’s Advisory Council that has just begun in the county, said Councilwoman Rhonda Green.
Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.