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Council nixes proposed alcohol sales at Northside

After hearing opposition from North Russellville Baptist Church pastor Mark Daniel and two fellow church members, the Russellville City Council denied an application to sell alcohol at Northside Grocery on Waterloo Road.

The application was filed by Harmett Oil Company, LLC, doing business as Northside Grocery. Although a representative of Harmett Oil attended Monday's meeting, no person spoke for the application.

Daniel had a petition with 66 fellow church members who shared his opposition to the proposed alcohol sales that would have allowed beer to be sold at the longtime Russellville convenience store. Yogi's Foodco, located less than a half mile south on Waterloo Road, sells beer and wine.

This is something very important to us as we survey the dynamics of our neighborhood,” Daniel said. “It's a neighborhood. 66 people in our church signed this petition about this being in our neighborhood. This is our convenience store. We believe if you approve this application, it will become an inconvenience to us.”

Daniel said there were already safety concerns at the intersection by Northside Grocery related to traffic visibility for vehicles.

We feel there is already a heightened risk. If we weigh the revenue vs. a risk assessment, we feel like risk wins out,” Daniel said.

When Mayor David Grissom asked for a motion related to the application, no councilman responded, so the application died for lack of a motion and a second.

In other action, the council:

--approved an ordinance requiring new department heads to live within the city limits of Russellville. This ordinance applies only to future hirings and not to the current department heads who live outside of Russellville.

--declared a 1998 Chevrolet Z71 surplus property in the Russellville Parks and Recreation Department and ordered the sale of the same.

--approved solicitation of bids for a new 2018 Ford full size pickup truck for the Russellville Police Department. A $15,000 grant from ADECA will apply to the costs of the vehicle.

--approved solicitation of bids for the purchase of a 2018 Ford Explorer for the Russellville Police Department to be used as an investigator's vehicle.

---extended the deadline for Russellville Police dispatcher positions to Monday, May 14, 2018.

--approved a request from the Russellville Cultura Garden Club to waive the rental fee of the A.W. Todd Centre on May 17th for a fundraiser.

--approved a request from First Metro Bank to waive the rental fee of the A.W. Todd Centre on June 22nd for a free elder abuse seminar.

--approved a resolution commending Russellville High School art students Nicole Putman and Sydney Bowling, RHS art teacher Melissa Grissom and Russellville Public Library librarian Ashley Cummins for their efforts in collaborating on a mural to go in the library recognizing 50 years of art at RHS.

--approved a resolution commending RHS and Russellville Middle School students for winning awards in the 2018 Times Daily Design an Ad Contest. Winning students included: Daniella Barrientos (Advertiser Award and 7-9 grade 2nd place winner); Sydney Bowling (10-12 grade 1st place winner and overall winner); Kalynn Suggs ($1,000 scholarship to Northwest-Shoals Community college and 10-12 grade 3rd place winner); Kacie Fleming (Advertiser Award and 10-12 grade 2nd place winner).

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