There should be absolutely no climbing on the decorative deer located in the Carrico Square in Russellville, says city mayor Mark Stratton, urging people to control their children while visiting the park during the holiday season.
According to Stratton, there were several children and adults alike attempting to ride the deer that are placed in the park during the Christmas holiday recently. When asked to cease the activity, profanity was used.
“Please do not do this,” said the mayor at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “We had this happen Saturday and Monday and when the people riding the deer were approached, they cussed like a sailor. Please keep your children off of the decorations and deers.”
In other city news, proper disposal of leaves is urged. There is a city ordinance that prohibits blowing leaves into the city streets. According to the mayor, there are several places in the city where he has noticed this has been done.
“The leaves that have been blown into the streets by citizens will sit there,” said Stratton. “This is why the city provides leaf bags that are given away for free.”
The city has a vacuum truck which is used to pick up leaves that fall in neutral areas of the street, but is not used to pick up leaves that have been intentionally blown there.
“We want to give citizens a heads up to use the leaf bags we provide. When picked up and placed in the bags, they can be set by the curb and Scott Waste will pick them up,” said Stratton.
Two requests were made to the city’s tree board that were approved recently. One was a request to have a tree removed on west 9th street that appears to be a safety hazard. The tree it has had limbs fall off and is rotting. According to the tree board, a 30 days notice must be given before cutting any tree down. The owner will plant another tree in its place.
There second request is the trimming of a tree located on west 6th street. The owner of the property the tree is one wants permission to trim it because it is leaning towards the road after being struck by lightning.