RUSSELLVILLE -- Main Street in Russellville will be alive with businesses again soon. There will be a new restaurant, grocery store and saloon opening at the beginning of August.
Mike Sorrels of Waveland has leased an entire block across from Town Hall to house his new businesses. He was present at the town council meeting Wednesday to introduce himself.
Sorrels said he would like input from the residents on what types of items they would like to see on the shelves of the small grocery store.
The new restaurant, Big Mike's of Russellville, will be similar to the eatery Sorrels owns in Waveland. The menu will include hand breaded tenderloins, fresh chicken and burgers.
In other business:
* The town council was looking to hire Linda Blocker as its deputy clerk-treasurer under Ordinance 2009-2. However, the ordinance was tabled until next month after the council became deadlocked in its vote.
Town council member Jim Rodgers voted to bring Blocker on as the deputy clerk for when Clerk-Treasurer Sally McAfee is ill or on vacation, but council member Jean Gross voted against it.
Gross wouldn't second Rodger's motion after McAfee asked the council not to pass the ordinance due to some concern raised by an audience member.
"It's very important to the town (to have a deputy clerk-treasurer)," said council president Don Reddish before deciding to table the ordinance.
* Due to the retirement of Chester Leatherman, Jim McAfee will be taking over his responsibilities effective Aug. 1. McAfee will be an additional employee at the water plant and street superintendent. He will be receiving the same rate of pay as Leatherman.
* The 2009 budget was approved by the DLGF.
* All council members have been bonded as required by state law.
* Council members voted to repair the plow truck. It will cost $610 to have a new harness put on the truck.