In Dec. 17 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
The Russell Springs City Council agreed to apply for a $125,000 energy efficiency conservation block grant to go toward updating and remodeling the Shiloh Motel, which will be operated by the Russell County Emergency Shelter Board along with the Russell County Ministerial Association as an emergency shelter and homeless program center, at last week's monthly meeting.
The Shiloh announcement was made at a special-called fiscal court meeting last week after federal funding came through for the $780,000 purchase to be made.
"It is something that is needed," said Russell Springs Mayor Hollis DeHart. "I think it is a very worthy project."
DeHart said the over $7,000 a year for insurance for the facility would be split three ways between the county, Russell Springs and Jamestown while the shelter board and ministerial association will be responsible for operations and paying the bills at the facility.
The city will now await their answer from the Department of Local Government on the grant application.
In other happenings at the meeting:
• Councilman Eric Selby said that last month's Christmas Parade seemed to have gone off well.
The Downtown Revitalization Committee will meet again on January 4 to discuss changes for next year's parade.
DeHart said there was not enough help at the fairgrounds before the parade and that the city needed four or five people in that area to help.
It was also announced at the meeting, while Jamestown Mayor Brooks Bates attended the parade, City of Jamestown employees did not help with the parade.
• The city council re-appointed Gene Vance Smith to the Russell County Industrial Development Authority.
"Gene's done an outstanding job and he's a leader in the community," the mayor said. "I think he deserves to be re-appointed."
• City leaders accepted text amendments that sets up minimum standards for mobile home parks, travel trailer campgrounds, mobile homes and travel trailers as well as installing perimeter and boundary fences within the city limits.
"These establish good guidelines for the future," DeHart said.
• The city also accepted a text amendment that amended the city's regulations to read city council instead of the former city commission.
• The council entered into executive session concerning land acquisition following the new business items. The council reconvened from the session after about 25 minutes. No action was taken.