CHILDERSBURG -- Mayor Ken Wesson at Tuesday’s council meeting introduced Jennifer Gallups as the owner of a new business coming to downtown Childersburg.

“Working with our Commercial Development Authority, she is excited to be bringing a new location for her established business, Heavenly Grounds, to our city,” the mayor said.

Gallups said Heavenly Grounds is a lot more than a cup of coffee, having continually added new fare to its line-up in the three years she’s been in business.

“We have a strong following during lunch -- My specialty is my chicken salad -- with more to come, and our new breakfast menu has made morning our busiest time,” she said. “We are excited about this new location. We’ve been overwhelmed with the support we have been given.”

Heavenly Grounds will open soon at the corner of 1st and 8th in the former J&J Drug building. Renovations are scheduled to begin over the weekend. Monty Powell, president of the Childersburg Commercial Development Authority, added that the agency is thrilled with this new addition to the downtown business community.

“We fully expect this to set a new standard for downtown Childersburg as we look to create a business district that will become a destination in and of itself,” he said.

In other business, the council:

• Honored 2018 Miss Childersburg Annie Ozment and her work on her pageant platform, Alabama Childhood Food Solutions, “Feeding My friends.”

• Recognized the Childersburg Fire Department for its contributions to the Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraising, as well as its “Golden Axe” award from the MDA. Erin Franklin of the MDA was on hand for the presentation.

• Changed a meeting date from July 17 to July 24.

• Approved requests for the Fire Department, including the upgrade of the department’s ice machine at a cost of $2,300; and the use of the following part-time, temporary workers, as needed: David Uselton at $12.96 per hour as a firefighter/paramedic; and Dillion Jenkins at $10.37 per hour as a firefighter/driver.

• Approved the Street/Sanitation Department hiring Steve Fowler as a CDL operator as a full-time permanent employee at $10 per hour with a six-month probationary period.

• Paid invoices in the amount of $107,794.

The  council’s next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.