September Fast Focus prepares Fort Smith for a busy October, filled with opportunities to be part of our collective future.


The Parks and Engineering Departments are seeking input on the types of biking trails of most interest to Fort Smith residents. A second and final hearing is to be held Tuesday, September 30 at Creekmore Park Community Center from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. If you're unable to attend, but have an opinion, you may send your thoughts to

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The Fort Smith Fire Department bomb squad has added a second robot to its inventory. A local student named the first robot Gracii a few years ago and, once again, FSFD is looking to area youngsters to name the smaller, newer robot. Bomb squad commander Skip Mathews says, “Kids have great imaginations. Their submissions are fun to read. We think it’s important to involve the community because fighting fires and diffusing explosives is only part of what we do.“

Here’s how to enter the essay contest. Submissions are due October 6.

Calling all walkers, riders

Interest in trails and greenways continues to grow. Recently the Fort Smith Parks Commission revived its once dormant subcommittee on trails and greenways. The group’s initial meeting in September garnered more than 40 attendees. Members have also launched a Facebook group so that dialogue can continue, with the intent of reaching a community consensus for priorities going forward. Join here if you’re interested in shaping the future of trails and greenways in Fort Smith.

Cleaning up for fall

The weather is excellent. Time for fall cleanup activities in Fort Smith. The Department of Sanitation will staff dumpsters in each ward, permitting citizens to dispose of many household items at no cost, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. October 18 through the 25th. Acceptable items include, but are not limited to, furniture, appliances, carpet, and household trash. Check the “information tab“ for locations and more information.

Beautify Fort Smith will also host its cleanup day on October 18, from 8:00 a.m. until noon at Central Mall. Volunteers will be provided gloves, trash bags, vests and snacks. Participants will also receive a free tree.

Other important dates to remember

Oct. 6 – Last day to register to vote in the November election. See Sebastian County for more information.
Oct. 7Town Hall Tuesday is your opportunity to visit informally with Mayor Sanders and the board of directors about city matters that are of interest and/or concern to you.
Oct. 15Deadline for personal & real estate tax payments
Oct. 23Ward 4 neighborhood meeting – is an opportunity for citizens in Ward 4 to receive briefings about projects of interest in Ward 4, to provide feedback on issues of interest, and to ask questions.

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