Mayor's annual Easter egg hunt, double-barreled hospitality, citizens wanted for service, assistance available for utility bills, and Good Friday holiday service impacts - all in this edition of Fast Focus.

Doing business online

Residential utility customers now have the ability to initiate new water, sewer, and sanitation service online, thanks to enhancements to the online bill pay component of the city’s award-winning website. The online bill pay feature also makes it easy for customers to use debit or credit cards for one-time payments. Additional features include viewing account balances, monitoring water usage over a period of time, and setting up automatic payments using checking accounts – all from the convenience of your home or business. Also, customers may pay by phone, by calling 866.795.5942. A service fee of $2.00 will apply. More information – along with a listing of convenient drop-off locations, is available here.

Utility assistance program

Some Fort Smith residents may be eligible for water, sewer, and sanitation assistance through a program implemented by the board of directors in 1983. Project Concern is designed to offer relief to seniors and other citizens meeting certain income thresholds. Administered by the Sebastian Retired Citizens Association (SRCA), the utility assistance program sets eligibility at 165% of federal poverty levels. The ordinance provides that qualified applicants will pay percentages of certain water, sewer, and sanitation charges. More information about the program is available here, or by calling 479.784.2261.

Citizens wanted for #FutureFortSmith

Fort Smith residents are being sought for a citizen panel being established to monitor progress toward the city’s Future Fort Smith comprehensive plan. The plan embraces a medium- and long-term vision for the city’s future, as envisioned by approximately 1,000 area residents who participated in public input phase of the plan. The board of directors approved the plan in late 2014. The citizen panel will be responsible for periodic progress meetings with city staff, reviewing regular reports on the progress of the plan, and providing feedback on reports before they are finalized. Applications are available here, and must be submitted by April 13. More

Double-barreled hospitality

Hometown Hospitality Heroes are coming in pairs for the first quarter of 2015. The Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau selected two individuals to spotlight January through March. Patrick Pendleton garnered honors for the community's execution of his vision for a gritty inaugural Fort Smith Marathon in February. By all accounts, the event was a tremendous success. Additionally, after years of talking up Fort Smith, our own purchasing manager Alie Bahsoon brought to town the Arkansas Chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) this month. Read more about the teams who rallied around Patrick and Alie to bring visitors and commerce to Fort Smith.

Mayor's Easter egg hunt

It’s a long-standing tradition in Fort Smith. Mayor Sanders is, once again, teaming up with Grand Avenue Baptist Church and the Easter Bunny to host a grand egg hunt at Tilles Park. This year’s event is Saturday, April 4 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Grab your kids, their baskets, and come on out for a grand time in Tilles Park.

Good Friday holiday service impacts

April 3 is a holiday for many City of Fort Smith employees. Residential collections of trash, yard waste and recyclables that are normally picked up on Fridays will, instead, be collected Wednesday, April 1. The landfill will be open Good Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fixed Transit routes will not operate April 3. Demand response trips should be scheduled by noon on April 2. All rides will be $3.

More info about holiday service impacts in Fort Smith.

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