Sidewalks and their restoration is something the City of Russellville will be looking into soon, said Mayor Mark Stratton.
At the last city council meeting, Stratton told his council that sidewalks were something he wanted to begin focusing on in the coming months. There are a lot of sidewalks in the city that are in need of repair.
Although the city already has an ordinance on the books that addresses sidewalks, the mayor says he needs to go back and look at it to see if revisions needed to be made.
“We’ve got sidewalks throughout the city that need to be addressed,” said Stratton. “We are going to have to look at the current ordinance they city has before we can begin moving in the direction we need to go. This is definitely something I want the city to accomplish, however.”
Nothing has actually been planned as of yet which sidewalks will be targeted. There are many, some that have already deteriorated. Stratton said the council will be looking into possibly setting aside a percentage of Road-Aid monies it receives from the state each year to help pay for sidewalk repair.
Stratton mentioned he remembered when he served on the council before becoming mayor, there were property owners who had sidewalks that ran in front of their homes agree to purchase materials to repair the sidewalks if the city would provide the labor. Stratton said he remembers that it worked very well, and this could be something that is implemented in the future once again.
“We hopefully will be able to investigate this soon and come back with some decisions in the fall,” said Stratton. “This is just preliminary right now, but we need to start working on it in the months to come. There is no definite time line.”