Guntersville council discussing bid for pier at city’s new Publix

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Guntersville City Council is discussing a bid for a pier to be installed at the city's new Publix on Lake Guntersville.

Officials say they hope to approve it Monday night, so work can start as soon as possible.

"The developers, as part of the incentive package, agreed to give the city of Guntersville 100,000 dollars to build a park," Mayor Leigh Dollar says.

Mayor Dollar says the city plans to spend that funding initially on a pier, but that's just the first step. The city wants to do more with the stretch of property in front of the Publix. "We plan to do a walkway to the parking lot and then whatever else is left over, we will add some other items to that area."

Mayor Dollar says other plans, funding permitting, include a park. "We really are working with our waterfront development advisory board on what we need to add, money permitting, because we will only use the 100,000 dollars."

Boaters will have easy access to the store and the other assets the city will install on that property. That particular area of Guntersville doesn't boast many things like a park and a pier, so city leaders say the plans are expected to be especially beneficial.

City leaders say if the bid is approved Monday night they expect work to begin in the next several weeks.