POA board discusses stump dump closure
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.