The work, funded by an allocation from the Cleburne County Commission, will improve access to the park, allowing the city to show the property to prospective buyers, Mayor Rudy Rooks said.
The board received two bids: one from Rick’s Hauling for $11,421 and one from H&S Welding and Construction for $19,200, board Chairman Wendell Wood said. Both the companies are based in Heflin.
With the bids, Wood said the board should be able to lay about 2 inches of gravel on the roads, enough to keep them in good condition for several years.
The project includes smoothing, seeding, fertilizing and scattering hay onto the shoulders of about a mile of the access roads into the industrial park.
Some believe Heflin’s road to prosperity may lead through the city’s 212-acre industrial park off Alabama 46. The city purchased the property in 2004, however, until now, little has been done to market the property, he said. Local residents will benefit if the city can entice industry to set up in the park, Rooks said.
“To create some jobs,” Rooks said. “That’s what we’re really after.”
The board received $25,000 from the Cleburne County Commission to improve infrastructure in the park. The members decided to use the money to improve the access roads, really old logging roads. Besides the shoulder work, the board hopes to grade and gravel the roads.
A donor who wished to remain anonymous volunteered to do the grading, Wood said. That leaves the board paying for the shoulder work and the gravel.
Wood said he would have to review the proposals from each company to make sure they are both bidding the same scope of work. Then the board will meet to discuss the two proposals, he said.
He expects to be able to hire one of the two contractors within about three weeks, Wood said. Work could start soon after, he said.
Don Hopper, executive director of the Calhoun County Economic Development Council, said any access improvement to an industrial site is a positive when marketing the property.
“Transportation is always an ingredient for business,” Hopper said.
Another is making sure you have a good site to show, he added.
Heflin’s property has good visibility from Interstate 20, which appeals to some companies, Hopper said. Making it attractive is also a positive step, he said.
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