Statute revision will allow Holiday Island to set up solid waste collection system

Thursday, December 8, 2005

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- Although there are still several restrictions on what a suburban improvement district (SID) can do legally in the State of Arkansas, one restriction was removed late last month with an amendment to state statute 14-92-219.

The amendment will allow SIDs to enter into an agreement to set up a solid waste collection system.

The issue surfaced two years ago when the Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District (HISID) began talking with the Carroll County Solid Waste Authority (CCSWA) about becoming a member and contracting for solid waste disposal in addition to running a recycling drop-off center.

District Manager Kevin Crosson brought the proposal to the Board of Commissioners after the district had dealt with trash being left in its dumpsters and received complaints about dumped trash on the roadways.

After a year and a half of negotiations and public input, it was determined the SID could not contract with CCSWA because that service was not in the purview of what a SID can do.

Generally, a SID is restricted to providing for infrastructure, communications, libraries, amenities and medical and emergency services.

Rep. Phil Jackson, in conjunction with efforts by CCSWA Director Roger Miner, brought the amendment to the legislature.

It allows SIDs to partner with "one or more municipalities, county solid waste authorities, regional solid waste management districts, private persons, private trusts, or any combination thereof, to provide a solid waste management system or any part of a system for the district."

It also permits the SID to levy fees and require licenses for solid waste.

During several board meetings last year, Holiday Island residents raised concerns about mandatory trash collection.

Many said they preferred having a choice of trash hauler.

Crosson said at the time there were many ways the district could go, including contracting with the most popular -- and least expensive -- trash hauler or still allowing residents to retain a choice of haulers while paying a standard fee.

Crosson told the board Nov. 28 the district will look at a number of options. Last year a public forum on the issue was to be scheduled until it was determined the SID could not pursue an agreement.

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