HEFLIN Renovations should start this summer on the city of Heflin’s baseball field on Coleman Street.

The Heflin City Council Tuesday accepted a bid from Brown Construction and Development, based in Heflin, for $228,000 to restore the middle baseball field at the Heflin Recreation Center.

The bid includes lights, fencing, bleachers and new dugouts for the field.

“It’s pretty much an entire renovation of that middle field,” said Mayor Rudy Rooks.

Brown was the low bidder from among seven, City Clerk Shane Smith said.

Work should start July 5, after baseball season ends, and be finished within three months, Rooks said.

The money for the renovations originates with some of the savings the city received up front when it refinanced some municipal bonds in June.

In other business the council members:

— Approved the county hazard mitigation plan. The plan is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Having a plan makes local governments eligible for federal funding to recover from an emergency.

— Heard the city sold five building permits in April.

— Heard from Economic Developer Tanya Maloney that Tree Brand Packaging is closing on a property in Ranburne this week. A tax abatement agreement with the company specified that it would be in operation in July, she said. The agreement required the company stay in business in Ranburne for 15 years and hire at least 15 people within five years, Maloney said. If the company breaks the agreement, it will have to repay the abatements, she said.

— Heard from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department Director Tammy Perry that there was some vandalism at the archery park.

“Someone hit a sign,” Perry said. “It looked like they were doing doughnuts.”

— Heard from Maloney that shops on Ross Street will stay open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights to accommodate people who work during the daytime.


Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545 or, in Heflin, 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.