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Russellville City Hall closed starting Monday so improvements can be made to the building.

The city will install a new ADA-accessible ramp and entrance, including an automatic push button opener, Russellville City Clerk Jan Wyatt said. The front of the building on Railroad Avenue will get a minor facelift with new paint.

"These 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 will be painted, and new flooring will be installed. We'll also replace the sidewalk in front of the handicapped parking so there's not as much of a trip hazard."

The drop box at the front door will be out of use during construction. Community Point Bank will take utility bill payments in its lobby and drive-thru, or residents may drop them in the bank's 24-hour depository. Residents may still mail in payments or call City Hall at 573-782-3511 to make a credit card payment, Wyatt said.

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

Reservations for the Russellville Shelter House will not be available while City Hall construction is ongoing, although the open pavilion can still be used and requires no reservation, Wyatt said.

If all goes well, Wyatt said, construction is scheduled to be complete by Thanksgiving, weather permitting.

"It will be nice to be able to hold public hearings in City Hall instead of having to call the school to set up a time to use their facilities," Wyatt said. "Getting the building up to ADA requirements is something we've been working to get done for a long time."

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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