Berlin city council helps local businesses and approves construction of new homes

The City has approved up to $17,000 in economic development assistance and incentives to help Berlin Hardware and Farm Supply address drainage issues. (WC Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

BERLIN, Al. – The Berlin City Council on Monday night approved up to $17,000 in economic development assistance and financial incentives to help Berlin Hardware and Farm Supply alleviate drainage issues under U.S. Highway 278 at the property of the store at the intersection of Hwy and County Road 747. The resolution, passed after a public hearing in which no one spoke for or against the measure, is a 722” which allows municipalities to lend their credit or grant public funds to private entities for the economic development of the community.

The council also approved the construction of four new homes on County Road 1615, a development named “Berlin Acres”. At a public hearing held before the vote, residents expressed concern about possible damage from heavy equipment on the newly repaved road, but council determined that the developer could not be held responsible for the wear and tear general of the road. A representative from the developer told residents the company would work with the city to resolve any issues that may arise as a result of the project.

The council gave first reading to a draft ordinance to allow the city to issue business licenses. No action has been taken and the board will hold a public hearing at the next meeting, after which it plans to vote.

The council also scheduled a public hearing to discuss with members of the local community plans to build a playground on the property that houses Berlin City Hall and the Berlin Farmers Market.

The hearing will take place on June 20, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Berlin Community Center and a regular council meeting will follow. The public is invited to attend.

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