Hull leaders approved a proposal Aug. 16 by local businessman Daniel Dooley for mobile classrooms at his Hwy. 72 business.
“During the last several years I’ve been a software developer, but we’ve reached a point where we have hit critical mass, and are in need of more room to bring programmers in and continue my project,” said Dooley, “Therefore, I would like to bring in a couple of classrooms onto my property that would be very conducive for our growth.”
Mayor Paul Elkins questioned the specific type of structures being proposed.
“What type of buildings are you actually planning to add to your property?” he asked.
Dooley, a certified public accountant, informed the council of what he had in mind.
“They’re mobile classrooms, like you’d see on a school yard,” replied Dooley, “They would be set up to conduct business out of, with lights, marker boards and cubicles for my developers to use and work as a team.”
Councilman Wayne Melton described the appearance to the council.
“They’re built to a different standard than regular mobile units, like that of a mobile classroom or a construction office unit that you’d see on a site,” said Melton.
Melton reminded the council of the city’s recent decline in local businesses.
“Mr. Dooley has expressed to me that he really needs this to improve and continue his business, and, seeing as how we’ve already lost three businesses this year, I believe the city of Hull should be business friendly at this time,” he said.
Dooley, assuring that his business would prove profitable to the community in the future, provided examples of how he imagined the businesses growth to be beneficial.
“I would be hiring some additional individuals over a period of time, which would in turn generate revenue and assistance with the supplying of jobs in the community,” he said.
Mayor Elkins expressed congratulations to Dooley as the council unanimously voted in support of his plans.
“Welcome aboard Mr. Dooley,” he said.
In other matters Monday, a variance request of property by Jimmy Merck was supported in a unanimous decision.
City council members expressed support for a possible sewage pipe that would eventually run alongside Hwy. 72 through the cities of Hull and Colbert. (See related story on Page 1A regarding county sewerage discussions.)
The decision to take a survey of the city was once again tabled until a later date when the city could afford to undergo the process.
A bid was received from Central Granite to create the new granite city limit signs for the price of $4,400, but the ultimate decision was tabled until all details could be worked out.
The lawn care contract for the city will end Oct. 31 and will then be placed up for bid for a new contract to begin starting Nov. 1.
Also, the city of Hull is going green, and red, with early preparations for its Christmas celebration.
“I purchased these new LED lights for the city and well house,” said Mayor Elkins. “They use less energy, last longer and don’t shut down just because one light blows.” Humored by Elkins’ excitement, Melton expressed his own feelings towards the Christmas investment.
“It’s funny, but it’s something we really do need,” he said. “It’s one of the few community things that everyone takes part in!”