Budget concerns limit community center use
RUSSELLVILLE -- The Russellville Community Center was inspected recently, with mixed reviews.
A Red Cross official checked to the building to make sure it met the organization's standards for an emergency facility, and town clerk/treasurer DeVon Davis said she came away "tickled to death" with the site.
In the event of an emergency anywhere in the region, the Russellville Community Center will be used for aid and housing.
An inspection by safety officials proved less fortuitous.
A leaking boiler was found and the community center is now forced to either repair, replace or shut off the heating mechanism.
Since past repairs have proven costly and ineffective, and since a new boiler costs about $50,000, the community center will shut it down for the time being.
"We just don't have the money," council president Don Reddish said. "As you can see, with everything getting cut, the prospects of getting the money are very slim."
The town budget was cut across the board as funding in the general, motor vehicle and highway, street and capital funds each dropping by what Reddish said were the maximum allowable amounts.
From those four funds, a total of $43,346 was dropped from the 2013 budget.
"She (Davis) cut them where she had to," Reddish said.
There was some positive financial news for the town as well.
The old police car was sold for $580, which will pay for repairs and upgrades to the town's new car.
An anonymous donor pledged $2,000 as a thank-you for tearing down the old hotel last month which, combined with $727 that was earned by selling an old town tractor, means more improvements could be pending, either for the property the hotel sat on or for other parts of town.
New industry has also expressed interest in Russellville.
Cash Concrete Products has inquired about a move to town.
"Their main concern is, can we provide them with enough water? And the answer is, yes," Reddish said. "It will be a very small operation, won't hire more than two or three people I can't imagine."