By John L. Ross/Staff Writer
Barbourville City Council members heard some good news Thursday — there’s a new business setting up shop in the city.
During the regular monthly meeting of the city council, Mayor David Thompson discussed new business — and the only thing new was to change the name of a road.
The former Infinity Business Group building is housed on a road bearing the name “Infinity Road.”
As that business closed in August 2010, it left the city with a vacant building and without approximately 20 jobs.
However, during the discussion of changing the road name, Thompson explained the reason behind it was to expedite the process of getting the new business ready to open its doors.
He told present council members that “Xerox would occupy the Infinity building,” and that sometime in September they’ll open the doors.
“(They’ve) started construction, and we’ve cleaned the road and straightened up the sides,” Thompson said. “We’ll blacktop it between now and when they open.”
The name of the road housing this new company will now be known as “Partnership Drive.”
Council member Darren West motioned to approve the name change.
“It sounds like a good name,” he said.
Council member Ronnie Moore seconded the motion, agreeing with West. A roll-call vote showed the other two present council members, Gary Williams and Sherman Lawson, were unanimous in changing the name of the road.
Council members Wilma Barnes and Gerald Hyde were unable to attend Thursday’s meeting.
After the meeting, Thompson said a meeting was held Monday at the plant with approximately 15 representatives to discuss the company.
He added there will likely be 60 jobs available at the start, and that the company will be dealing in government-related contract work.
The mayor also said this project took about a year and a half to come to fruition.
In other council business during Thursday’s brief meeting:
— Sherry Williamson, who currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the Barbourville Water Park, reported to council members about the park.
“Everything is good but the weather,” she said.
She also said that the park earned a 98 percent score on its health inspection.
“There were no findings,” Williamson said.
No decision was required by council on these matters.
— Denise Wainscott, Barbourville Tourism Commission director, reported to council members about various upcoming exhibits and activities, including holiday celebration planning for later in the year. She said anyone interested in assisting in the planning of various holiday activities, such as the Christmas Parade slated for Dec. 7, should attend a meeting 2 p.m. July 30 at the visitor’s center.
No decision was required by council on this particular issue.