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Council meets with movie director

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Local actor/director Warren McCullough was at the April 6 Mammoth Spring City Council meeting to discuss filming portions of a movie in the Thayer-Mammoth Spring area.

"We will be filming mostly on Sundays. We do not want to block anyone's business or parking," McCullough said.

He said shooting for the film "Shellbyville" could take several weeks. "We plan to shoot a portion of the film at the Methodist Church, Out-of-the-Way Cafe and, if it's possible, use the old water tower and print the name Shelbyville on it," he said.

Mayor Jean Pace said what he planned could be done. "We are honored that you will be featuring our town in a portion of your film," she said.

McCullough will not only act in the play, but it will be the first film he has directed. He said he is hoping to have a screening of the film in the area once the film is finished.

Pace said filming for the movie would begin during the summer, but a definite date has not been set. "(McCullough) will let me know ahead of time because we will have to do some blocking off of streets (during some filming)," Pace said.

Pace gave the council members an update on the debris clean-up in the city from the January ice storm. "I gave FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) an update on our clean-up last Tuesday and am hoping the city gets reimbursed this week. We should get back 75 percent on what we spent on the clean-up, which should be around $12,000," she said.

"The clean-up went really well and was done in a timely manner," Pace said.

A building on a lot behind city hall was condemned last month. A lady from Florida bought the lot, which is in a flood zone. The mayor discussed with the council the possibility of the city buying the lot from her and making a parking lot out of it. No decision was made on the property.

Pace said she is looking at grant resources that could help on refurbishing the water storage tank in the city. "USDA looks at our grant request as maintenance and so the city is not eligible for funding from them," she said. She said another alternative for the project would be borrowing the money, but she said she had rather not do that.

The council discussed the resignation of city employee Cameron Kent. They discussed hiring Gage Busch who worked for the city the past two summers. The council decided to leave the decision on hiring Busch to the mayor.

The next Mammoth Spring City Council is set for May 4 at 7 p.m. at the city hall.

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