To All Concerned Citizens: The City of Collinsville has had many complaints from downtown business owners concerning the behavior of some kids. Those kids caught using vulgar language; obscene, rude, and disrespectful behavior; riding bikes, skateboards, and unicycles on sidewalks; darting across streets; running out in front of cars and rolling over the hoods; climbing on top of heat and air units; or any other acts that put your children or someone else at risk of being injured will be given citations.
The City doesn't want to deter downtown business. Downtown Collinsville looks great. We've made thousands of dollars in improvements so more people will come downtown and enjoy it. But we also have an obligation to protect it and make sure it's a safe place for everyone to enjoy. It would be great if the kids would come downtown and have an ice cream or a coke and be respectful and courteous to others but this isn’t happening so therefore we must take action to protect not only the children but those visiting and shopping downtown.
The City Park is a great place to ride bikes and skateboards. Again, a large amount of money has been invested in the Park to give the kids a great place to ride and play. I suggest everyone check it out.
I can assure you that kids that are behaving and not breaking laws won’t be issued tickets, but those that are not abiding by the rules and laws of the City will be.
I’d like to thank all the kids, parents, teachers and other volunteers that came out Saturday, April 27th to clean-up and beautify downtown. Also thanks to the students and volunteers that helped plant veggies and flowers at the Community Garden. There was a large crowd and the City appreciates the help.
Please continue to help us keep our downtown beautiful and safe.
Pamela J. Polk, MAS, ACPFIM
918.371.1010 x 2012