In May 15-21 issue By Derek Aaron Times Journal Reporter
RUSSELL SPRINGS - The monthly meeting of the City Commission on Thurs., May 8, was highlighted by a 30-minute discussion between commissioners and two groups of citizens over a noise complaint.
Mayor Hollis DeHart said he had received several complaints from residents of Oak Street and Richards Drive in Russell Springs regarding noisy four-wheelers being operated in the area. The mayor also said he had been contacted by citizens in the neighborhood whom the noise doesn't bother.
Several residents from the area in question attended the meeting as did three of the four-wheeler operators, who also live in the area.
One of the ATV operators, James Chapman, acknowledged that the four-wheelers in the complaint are made for racing and have louder exhaust emissions than a regular ATV that would be used for farming purposes.
Pam Brown, a resident in the area, spoke on behalf of the four-wheeler operators as did Chapman and said she was upset it had come to a point where the police had to be called.
"Its not like they are doing it at 10 at night," she said. "They are doing it after work as a family activity."
Tom Jesse, a resident on Oak St, said it was the noise and dust stirred up by the vehicles that sometimes caused it to be unbearable at his home.
"I feel for them that they can't ride in a place that's made for that type of thing," he said. "But it is very disturbing to the houses around there close, especially the dust."
DeHart then asked if there would be any possible way to find a "happy medium" so that the city wouldn't have to intervene. When no agreement was reached, DeHart read several portions of the city's nuisance ordinance on loud noise complaints.
According to DeHart, the ATV operators must abide by the nuisance ordinance, which prohibits such noise, and not cause any other disturbances.
Chapman then urged the commission for city to build an ATV riding area on city property so that the group could still ride.
After discussing several minutes, the commission agreed to look into the issue and its liability issues.
DeHart then told the ATV operators that in the coming days he would be glad to meet with them and discuss the issue further.
In other happenings at the meeting—
• The commissioners failed to vote on a request by the Fiscal Court to help pay the salary of the county dog warden and for help operating the Green River Animal Shelter in Columbia. As it stands now, the commission has decided not to venture any money toward the county's government concerning this matter.
Judge-Executive Mickey Garner sent letters last month to the mayors of both Russell Springs and Jamestown, urging them to help with the monthly salary of the warden and the shelter by each city contributing $500 per month. The city of Jamestown has yet to decide on the matter, which must be responded to by June 30.
It has been reported in this newspaper that if the cities don't cooperate, the county's dog warden would no longer respond to calls in either city. • The commission voted to hire Glenda Prater and Beverly Kelsey as co-managers of Russell Springs City Park swimming pool.
Parks Commissioner Ray Barrett, with the backing of the commission, announced the hiring of around 20 lifeguards for the summer.
Barrett said the pool will open on May 23. It will be open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. on Sundays.
Jeremy Stearns was also hired by the city as security guard at the park due to numerous, costly vandalism incidents there.
Barrett said Stearns would work varied hours through the nights as to not set up a routine schedule in hopes of deterring vandals.
• Public Works Director Terry Russell announced that Huffman Tank out of Albany had a low bid of $40,000 to paint the inside of the 200,000 gallon, elevated water tank at Key Village. The commission accepted the Huffman Tank's bid.
• The commission agreed to pay the Fiscal Court a one-time fee of $400 to help in the hiring of two persons assigned to check the county's new reverse 911 system.
• Bill Shanklin won a bid on a 1990 Dodge truck being sold by the city.
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