08/03/17 Cleveland County Postpones Bids For Garbage Services


At a special called meeting on Monday night the Cleveland County Quorum Court voted to postpone seeking bids for solid waste services. The action came following a meeting last Friday with Get Rid of It, the county's solid waste provider. That meeting resulted in a chance to perhaps work out some differences between the county and the solid waste contractor.

County Judge Gary Spears noted that the vote was for postponement only and not to do away with seeking bids completely. He said the county could still move forward with the bidding process.

Earlier this month, the Cleveland County Quorum Court voted to seek two bids for solid waste collection. One for the City of Rison only and another that would include both the city and county. The decision to seek bids was triggered by the fact that the City of Rison's five year contract with its solid waste contractor, Waste Management, expires at the end of the year. The county is now responsible for that service. Spears says the city does not have an additional five year option that can still be invoked with Waste Management. The county is in the fifth year of what is supposed to be a 10 year contract with Get Rid of It. That contract has remained unsigned after a dispute over the number of trash can that are actually picked up each week.

The 239th traffic fatality of the year was recorded in Sebastian County on U.S

Highway 71 at Brooken Hill Drive in Ft. Smith.

According to a preliminary state police report..63 year old Janet Kessler died of

injuries suffered in a crash involving three vehicles. Kessler's 2014 Chevrolet

Cruze..eastbound on Brooken Hill Drive was hit broadside by a southbound

2006 Toyta Tacoma..the light changed and the driver of the Tacoma attempted

to stop..but not in time and struck Kessler's vechile on the drivers side..Kessler's

car then spun into a light pole and then collided with a a north bound 2015

Hyundai Sonota..who was stopped in the northbound turning lane of U.S. 71.

The drivers of the other vehicles not available in the report.

The injured were taken to a Ft. Smith hospital..where Kessler died of her

injuries. Weather conditions were clear..the roadway dry at the time of the

crash at 11:14 Thursday morning. Ft. Smith PD investigated.