Members of the local church, Heaven Bound Ministries, lined the walls of Hull’s City Hall Monday night in support of a proposal to build a modular classroom on their property.
“Our plan is to teach children from the ages of six weeks to Pre-K,” said a representative of the church. “We’ll start by building just a singlewide modular home, but eventually plan to add a doublewide as things progress.”
Councilwoman Paige Phillips asked how much interest Heaven Bound has received for this proposed service.
“Do you have an estimated number of people you’re expecting to take part in this program?” she asked.
Another Heaven Bound representative informed the council of the amount of inquiring interest the church has received from families.
“Just as a rough estimate, we have about 30 children that we know are interested in attending,” she said. “And that’s just as of right now.”
Councilman Wayne Melton, after agreeing to support the proposal with the city council, realized a major issue regarding the location of the proposed building.
“We’ve got a slight problem,” said Melton. “The location of your church is not actually in the city limits of Hull; therefore, even though we’ve unanimously decided to support you in this, you’ll still need to take your proposal to the county before it can be done.”
Confused on the matter, pastor Doug Watkins and his church family questioned how their church could be considered out of the city limits.
“How can our property be considered out of the city limits, when we’re located right where the city limit sign is?”
Melton explained the issue.
“The city limit sign is actually located in the wrong place,” said Melton. “The track of land where Hidden Falls is located, right next to the church, is the last tract of land in the city limits.”
Councilwoman Becky Elkins expressed her thoughts on the matter.
“This is a good thing you’re doing for our community, and we’ll continue to support this plan as you take it to the county,” she said.
Mayor Paul Elkins made a final remark regarding the issue.
“I’d like to commend you all on your community spirit,” said Elkins. “This is a job that needs to be done, and we believe that it will.”
Do it right or not at all
05/05/11 at 02:21 PM
Singlewide? Doublewide? What if there is a tornado? This is going to be a school for small children, not a residence. Those things are deathtraps in the event of tornado, high winds, or fire. They should want to make it safe, and regardless. If approved, the commissioners should make it conditional that it not be a "singlewide or doublwide" but a real school built to a higher standard, especially since this is for small children.