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Enquirer photo/Rebekah Martin The City of Hartselle is eyeing the old Wells Fargo building as a potential new location for city hall operations.

City of Hartselle enters negotiations to purchase former Wells Fargo building for city hall relocation

Hartselle City Council members authorized Mayor Randy Garrison, during a regular meeting Dec. 10, to sign a letter of intent with Wells Fargo for the proposed purchase of the former Wells Fargo building, located at  611 Chestnut St. NW in Hartselle. The property includes two acres of land with the 21,049-square-foot building, in an “as is” condition.  

The cost of the building is in negotiation, currently at the sale price of $675,000. There will be $30,000 earnest money put in escrow by Wells Fargo upon full execution of the sale agreement. The City of Hartselle will then have a 30-day inspection period to examine the title to the property and conduct any tests or investigation deemed necessary.  

Garrison said once the purchase is complete, the plan is to renovate the Chestnut Street building and move City Hall to the new location. Council members are looking at options for the current City Hall location, located on Sparkman Drive, with one possibility being to renovate it and relocate the library to the current City Hall space, he said.  

In other business the council also: 

  • Approved Ordinance 1512 for introduction with final hearing and consideration scheduled for Jan. 14, 2020. If adopted, it will establish a minimum off-street parking area requirement for patio homeR5, and amend the requirement for townhomesR4. As drafted, the requirement will be one space per bedroom with a minimum of two spaces. Garage and driveway area of at least 9-feet by 18-feet will count as a “space.” This provision would be confirmed at the plot plant stage, prior to issuance of a building permit. This ordinance requires only the provision of space; it does not prohibit on-street parking in these zones. Planning Commission recommendation will be made prior to council consideration.  
  • Approved Ordinance 1514 for introduction with final hearing and consideration scheduled for Jan. 14, 2020. If adopted, it will update the full B-3 Central Business District section of the zoning ordinance to include permitted uses and sign regulations. 
  • Approved Ordinance 1515 for introduction with final hearing and consideration scheduled for Jan. 14, 2020. If adopted, it will update the full general sign ordinance that is applicable to all areas outside of the CBD.  
  • Approved Ordinance 1516 for introduction with final hearing and consideration scheduled for Jan. 14, 2020. If adopted, it will clarify that temporary construction and/or sales trailers are allowed in certain circumstances without requirements of a variance. Sales trailers for new subdivision developments would be limited to six months after final plat approval. Additionally, the ordinance would extend existing “shipping container” regulation to commercial zones. Shipping containers and enclosed trailers would still be permitted for commercial structures in these zones but would not be allowed to remain in the front of the building. Placement in front of the building could still be approved by the BZA for temporary sales events.  
  • Approved the update of the police department’s job description for sergeant. 
  • Approved the Parks and Recreation Department’s request to declare items surplus to sell on www.govdeals.com. Items were a Metermatic III Topdresser and a 5-foot by 14-foot utility trailer.  

 

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