Sallisaw city commissioners discussed plans to annex property near the landfill at a special meeting Wednesday.
The commissioners opened the discussion by allowing concerned residents to express any concerns and ask questions about the plan. Several people asked if the annexation would include their own property, but the commissioners and city staff assured them that their property is not in danger; the city is only annexing the right-of-way along the Kansas City Southern Railroad.
After hearing from the public, the commissioners unanimously approved the annexation, which includes a strip 100 feet wide along the railway. The annexation will allow the city to continue its planned methane project at the landfill.
No roads will be annexed, commissioners noted, only the right-of-way, which calmed fears expressed by concerned residents.
Commissioners also announced that groundbreaking on the new veterans center is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m.
The commissioners also approved a plan to install a new kiosk payment system at City Hall. The $43,636.80 kiosk will not only give Sallisaw residents another payment method, it also will alleviate foot traffic at City Hall. The custom-built machine is being financed by CARES Act funding, said Keith Skelton, the city manager. Plans are underway to find a good location for the kiosk, Skelton said. The system will be able to take DiamondNet and utility payments.
In other business, the commissioners:
*Approved a purchase order in the amount of $36,272.61 to United Rentals of Fort Smith, for a 2014 Ford 550 truck with a crane for use in the landfill.
*Approved a purchase order for $25,600 for the replacement of the roof at the airport maintenance hangar.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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