A bridge was set across Town Creek last week connecting two sides on the Russellville Sports Complex. Thanks to H&H Sheet Metal, the bridge was a necessary addition to the park to help open up a combined softball-baseball field that has been sitting unused since the park opened in 2010.
“I would like to publicly thank H&H Sheet Metal for its generosity and kindness with their donation of a bridge,” said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton. “This is what H&H does. They care about their community and the youth within it.”
The bridge, said Stratton, is one of the big things that was left in the park to do. It connects both sides of the park now, which was something that needed to be done to be able to continue work on the one side.
“H&H’s donation of materials, labor and placement of the bridge has saved the city and it’s taxpayers many thousands of dollars,” said the mayor. “Mike McGhee of McGhee Engineering also donated his services for free and helped save more money. These individuals are very dedicated to helping.”
Stratton said now the city can begin work on the softball-baseball field as money becomes available. The field will need fencing, a backdrop, bleachers, sidewalks and lighting.
“We will now begin to move forward,” said Stratton, who still urges patience to the public on completion of the park.
“When I came aboard as mayor, we had a park that was unused, I pledged then I would not spend money we didn’t have to finish the park,” Stratton said. “I felt it was important to apply for grants, which we did, to help make the park a reality. My administration inherited the park, and although it is a great benefit for our town and the surrounding community of Logan County, Russellville does not want to raise taxes to pay for its completion, and that means it will take time.”
Stratton said thanks to a grant from the Carpenter Foundation, the city was able to put in another soccer field, sidewalks, pavilions and many other things to make the park nice. The Electric Plant Board donated playground equipment as well.
“We are going to try to do all we can to get it up and going, but we are going to do it without increasing any taxes. I know it’s not as fast as people would like, but we are going to do it the smart way,” Stratton ended.
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