LIBERTY - Country music recording artist Ansel Brown will take the Liberty Idol stage this month to performing a few of his hit songs before he relinquishes the spotlight to local talent and fills a spot at the judges' table.
"Ansel Brown will be at Liberty Idol on June 28," Mayor Brian Deese told council members during Monday's meeting. "And they called us."
Deese said Brown, a Greenville native, will be doing some community service work at the area's Ronald McDonald House and his organization contacted Liberty officials to schedule an appearance during Idol.
"This really is exciting news," Deese said. "He's won some CMA awards, and not only will he be a guest judge, but he plans to do a mini-concert, too."
Liberty Idol, a weekly singing contest held Saturday evenings in the city's business district, continues to attract several thousand people for each performance, Deese said.
"Liberty Idol is phenomenal," he said. "It's a huge event in Liberty, and is attracting about 4,000 people into the city each Saturday.
Another future highlight is the appearance of Ronald McDonald, scheduled for July 5.
In addition to audience ballots, contestants vying for the title of Liberty Idol can receive additional penny votes, with the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House. The zany representative of both the charity and the hamburger will be on hand to personally accept money raised during the 13-week contest.
Liberty Idol is held Saturdays, beginning at 7 p.m. on the city's Main Street.
In other action, council struck down a request that two parcels of land at the entrance of Golden Springs subdivision be rezoned from low density residential to general commercial.
The rezoning request of the property, located at 102 and 105 Golden Springs Lane, last month filled council chambers with concerned residents of that neighborhood questioning the quality of life they would have should the proposed convince store and storage units be allowed to build at the community's entrance.
The neighborhood covenant protected all property within Golden Springs, except those two parcels, Deese said.
The Planning and Zoning Committee had also recommended to council that the rezoning request be disapproved.
In other business, council approved an increase in environmental fees, determining to charge a monthly flat rate of $35 for the weekly dumpster pickup and $150 for a daily trash collection at schools.
The $10 fee for business will remain the same.
"This is the only way we can do this and be as fair as we can," Deese said.