RUSSELLVILLE -- It seems juveniles in Russellville are causing some trouble. Under new business during Russellville's Town Council meeting, member Jim Rodgers brought the issue to the board's attention.
Rodgers said some local "youngsters" are riding their ATVs and dirt bikes on private school property. The motorized vehicles are tearing up the ground, he added.
In addition to ATVs and dirt bikes, the stairwell leading to the basement door of the school has become a hangout place for the kids. Other people have reported seeing young people congregating in the area.
The board voted to take some proactive steps by posting no trespassing signs on the property and drafting a letter to be mailed with water bills to all town residents. Town council president Don Reddish will consult with new town attorney Jim Ensley to seek legal solutions to the problem.
To further add to Russellville's troubles, its budget was not approved by the state. Clerk-Treasurer Sally McAfee told the council members it was due to improper advertising.
"We will fight it," Reddish stated.
Without an approved budget, the town will not receive any new money. It leaves the town wondering if there is enough money to float it until the situation is resolved.
In other business, the board voted to accept Wildblue as an Internet provider at a cost of $69 per month with a $99 hook-up fee. Board members also voted to rent a dumpster for the town clean-up day scheduled for August.
A new bid was submitted for painting the water tower. The board has 90 days to review it before making a decision.