POA board dis­cusses stump dump clo­sure

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - KEITH BRYANT kbryant@nwadg.com

The POA board of di­rec­tors dis­cussed the on­go­ing stump dump clo­sure dur­ing its work ses­sion last Tues­day, Sept. 20.

POA staff at­tor­ney Doug McCash said the as­so­ci­a­tion is in talks with the Arkansas Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity — which could prove a lengthy process — and was told it could not ap­ply for per­mits for the ex­ist­ing dump­ing sites, which are pri­mar­ily filled with wood, though there is also some con­crete and as­phalt.

POA chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Tom Jud­son said that the as­so­ci­a­tion is cur­rently look­ing at a po­ten­tial site near the cur­rent High­lands stump dump and con­sid­er­ing po­si­tions on the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Ark-Mo land.

“I think we’re look­ing at a multi-month pe­riod with­out a stump dump,” he said.

With that in mind, he said, the POA has in­cluded in­for­ma­tion on other op­tions in its most re­cent up­date email. Ac­cord­ing to the email, res­i­dents may call the fire depart­ment at 479-8553771 and ob­tain per­mis­sion to burn yard waste. Ben­tonville also ac­cepts limbs and brush for free at its com­post fa­cil­ity at 2000 NW A Street. Repub­lic Ser­vices of­fers yard waste bins at an ex­tra charge. Ben­ton County Solid Waste District of­fers ser­vices, and Eco Vista Land­fill in Spring­dale can ac­cept yard waste.

Jud­son said he’s more con­cerned with il­le­gal dump­ing in­creas­ing be­cause some may find it more con­ve­nient to take

their waste down a dirt road.

The cost of re­lo­cat­ing the stump dump is cur­rently un­known, he said, though it will in­clude site prepa­ra­tion and some fil­ing costs. Any fines the ADEQ may im­pose are also un­known at this point, he said.

Board vice chair­man Jim Abra­ham­son said this could be a project the POA and city can col­lab­o­rate on. In most cases, he said, a stump dump is a mu­nic­i­pal func­tion, not a pri­vate one.

The board also dis­cussed vot­ing for the POA-owned lots, which Jud­son said has been a con­tro­ver­sial sub­ject

in the past.

The board has op­tions, he said, in­clud­ing not vot­ing for the lots or vot­ing them pro­por­tion­ally with the gen­eral vote to help push to­ward a quo­rum.

A pro­por­tional vote, he said, would amount to the as­so­ci­a­tion pro­vid­ing the num­ber of votes to the tab­u­la­tion firm with in­struc­tions to split them pro­por­tion­ally with the votes re­ceived from mem­bers and in­clude them in the fi­nal to­tal.

This could help the vote reach quo­rum, he said, some­thing the board has strug­gled with in past elec­tions.

Board mem­bers agreed to fur­ther dis­cuss vot­ing with POA-owned lots at the Sept. 27 reg­u­lar meet­ing.

The board also dis­cussed David Bran­den­burg, who

re­port­edly told an au­di­ence mem­ber to “shut up” dur­ing a re­cent com­mu­nity meet­ing.

Jud­son said that, dur­ing an ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion, the board voted unan­i­mously in sup­port of Bran­den­burg and did not find him in vi­o­la­tion of pol­icy.

Bran­den­burg read a state­ment to the board re­gard­ing the in­ci­dent.

“On Septem­ber 13th, at a very con­tentious pub­lic meet­ing, a select num­ber of mem­bers from our com­mu­nity were pre­vent­ing me from an­swer­ing ques­tions, even though they had been re­peat­edly asked to re­spect the views of oth­ers. I be­came ag­i­tated by the sit­u­a­tion and made a re­gret­table state­ment. I am up­set with my­self for al­low­ing my­self to be baited into mak­ing an out­burst,” he said.

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