The Russellville City Council meeting last night was a colorful demonstration of democracy in action. The meeting was highlighted by heated exchanges between the Mayor, City Council members, and attorneys representing both the council and the Electric Plant Board in the ongoing battle between the two.
The EPB has filed a lawsuit seeking a public hearing for its three board members who are set for expulsion pending a hearing. David Broderick was rehired by the Council to be its representation at the hearing. The issue of what date to hold the hearing was so contentious that a separate special meeting was called for to determine the date, although Mayor Shirley Yassney maintains the scheduling of such a hearing is only within her authority. No matter who determines the hearing date, because of scheduling conflicts such a hearing could not happen before mid-August.
The other contentious issue before the council was a request from a prospective restaurant owner to amend the city's liquor laws to allow the sale of liquor by-the-drink. The council did not make any motions regarding the current laws, meaning they will remain unchanged, and liquor will not be sold by-the-drink.
The meeting was moved to the main courtroom in the Logan County Courthouse to accommodate the hundreds of citizens who turned out for Tuesday night’s meeting.