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Unexpected and necessary repairs to the HVAC system and electrical wiring at Russellville City Hall have postponed the building's reopening, which had been planned for Monday.

City officials hope the work will be done sometime in March and City Hall can reopen in early April, City Clerk Jan Wyatt said.

A new 24-hour drop box at the front door of City Hall is now available for use to take utility bill payments, Wyatt said. Residents may still mail in payments or call City Hall at 573-782-3511 to make a credit card payment.

One reason for the closure was installation of a new ADA-accessible ramp and entrance, including an automatic push button opener, Wyatt said. The front of the building on Railroad Avenue is getting a minor face lift with new paint.

"The improvements will make visits to City Hall safer for everyone, including those dependent on canes, walkers and wheelchairs for their mobility," Wyatt said. "The main office area was painted, and new flooring was installed. We also replaced the sidewalk in front of the handicapped parking so there's not as much of a trip hazard."

Although City Hall will be closed to the public, city operations will continue with business handled by phone or email, she said. In-person appointments at another site can be arranged as needed.

Wyatt can be reached by phone at the City Hall phone number, 573-782-3511, and by email at [email protected]

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