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Jenkins will crack down on ATV, dirt bike scofflaws


Officials in the City of Jenkins have reached the limits of their tolerance with dirt bikes and four-wheelers on city streets.

Jenkins City Council Mayor Todd Depriest said Monday that the term “ATV friendly” is supposed to mean that all-terrain vehicle riders and campers on the trails around Jenkins can use city streets to come into town and purchase supplies and gasoline. It is not for doing wheelies and riding wide open at late hours. Depriest made the remarks at regular April city council meeting. He also said that riders will be expected to follow state laws when riding in town. They must wear helmets and obey speed limits. He said ATV friendly means it is okay for ATVs and trail bikes to ride into town and get the things they need and then ride back out to the trail.

Depriest said riders who disobey laws or endanger others will be cited by police officers and if they continue their activities, tickets will be issued and they will be charged with reckless driving. Vehicles can be confiscated if the reckless driving continues. He also asked citizens to report any motorists who throws litter out of their vehicles. He urged them to get the tag number and call city hall with the information.

In other business, Depriest said the summer activities committees are talking about having Jenkins Days and opening the Jenkins swimming pool this summer. He added that he isn’t sure about either and the final decision will hinge on the governor’s recommendations for COVID-19.

The city will also be eligible for some COVID relief funds. Depriest said Jenkins could get $150,000 or more to reimburse it for expenses caused by the virus. City Attorney Randall Tackett also proposed that the city participate in a legal settlement against several large pharmaceutical companies to recover losses from opiate abuse. Tackett said the companies have created a pot of $26 billion that will be disbursed to cities, counties, and states to try to help defray losses that have occurred due to opiate abuse. He said the law firm will take 30 percent off the settlement for its expenses and added that is less expensive than the amount most firms take. Tackett said he isn’t sure how it will work but the council voted to participate.

Depriest also announced that a long-awaited sidewalk project will go to bid April 16. The project will extend the sidewalk from the Jenkins football field to the highway across from Jenkins High School. He added that Phase Five of the water line project will begin this week and the Highway 805 bridge project will begin later in the summer. Depriest said the city also wants to look for funding to replace storm drains and storm sewer lines to limit rainwater going into the sewer treatment plant.

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