A municipality has literally hundreds of ordinances that have been passed throughout previous administrations. Some are enforced to the tee while others fall between the cracks and may not be needed until actual events occur.
Numerous jobs require severing the city's streets and sidewalks. This is a sensitive action and prompt maintenance is expected.
A cut permit is required of all individuals who are opening a street or sidewalk. The permit fees are held in escrow until the project has been finished and inspected. Upon completion and inspection of the project, the deposit fee is to be returned.
If the project is not completed in the time allowed, however, the deposit is forfeited and the city of Russellville will have the work completed. Any remaining cost will be billed to the person responsible for the cut plus any additional fees which have been incurred because of the work.
The permit reads that all work with regard to street cuts must be repaired to at least state specification standards for street repair or better. All work regarding sidewalks and gutter repairs must be completed to its former condition or better.
"This ordinance has been in the books for a very long time," said Russellville Zoning Administrator Bill Pearson. "We have had problems concerning the cuts in the past and present. The city is willing to cooperate with those who have work to do, but they need to realize they will also be held accountable for their labors."