March 25, 2009 Edition

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WR to accept cleanup bids

DEBRIS CLEANUP CONTINUES ~ Walnut Ridge Street Department employees have been working six days a week to clear the streets of debris caused by the January ice storm. On Friday employees Bryson Long and Kathi Bonner, as well as local citizens, were hauling loads of limbs and brush to Miller Drive for disposal. The dumpsite was 35 to 40 feet deep before the ice storm, but is becoming more and more filled on a daily basis.
TD Photo ~ Gloria Wilkerson

The Walnut Ridge City Council held a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss hiring someone to assist the city with debris cleanup.

"We will accept bids and meet again on April l to discuss the cost of hiring additional help," Mayor Michelle Rogers said. "We want the city cleaned up in a timely manner, but we don't have the financial resources that larger towns have access to. We'll open bids and see what we can afford to do."

She said she understands that this has been a lengthy process and hates that it's taking so long to move the debris. City employees have been working six days a week since the January ice storm, they have moved a lot of debris and are to be commended, she added.

Spring Cleanup will be held April 13-25, and mosquitoes will soon have to be dealt with also. "We all want to see the debris removed as soon as possible and hope the bids will give us the opportunity to hire extra help," Rogers said.

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