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August Fast Focus shares the summer's hottest post, asks for citizen participation on 2 commissions and updates the performance of #myFortSmith.

Who maintains alleys?

More than a year ago, Fort Smith voters overwhelmingly approved a city-wide conversion to automated residential sanitation service. Cost savings have been passed on to rate payers. Even though property owners have always been responsible for keeping alley rights-of-way clear of vegetation, crews often cleared away growth so vehicles could continue collection services.

The Street & Traffic Control Department repairs structural concerns on the road bed or surface of the alley.

Citizens concerned about adjacent property owners who are not properly maitaining their right-of-way can contact Neighborhood Services.

More information is available through these 4 tips for maintaining neighborhood alleys.

Opportunities to serve

Citizens govern the City of Fort Smith, through more than 20 boards and commissions and the participation of more than 200 citizens serving. Currently, the Central Business Improvement District and the Fort Smith Regional Airport Commission are soliciting applications. Both are important to the economic vitality of the greater Fort Smith region.

A complete listing of boards and commissions is maintained online. Submit an application today and indicate areas of service that interest you. 

Citizens are using myFortSmith

Since the launch of myFortSmith earlier this year, citizens have made more than 170 requests for service. Top services by volume are for overgrown grass and weeds, pothole reports, trash and debris, illegal parking, and downed limbs and trees. This service facilitates interaction between citizens and crews performing the work.  It also creates a record of each request, so that all citizens can see the action and the response. Requests can be viewed and reported via a web browser, or on Android and iPhone devices. Download it today and help us provide exceptional service, because 9 to 5 is so yesterday.

Hottest summer post

Without question, the hottest summer post on the City of Fort Smith – City Hall Facebook page was a photo update of the Ben Geren Aquatics Center. The $11.5 million facility will feature four slides, a lazy river, children’s play area, an activity pool, and a wave pool. The project is on target for a Memorial Day 2015 grand opening.

The two new softball ball fields at Ben Geren Park will be ready for play this fall.

Labor Day holiday schedule

City offices will be closed Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Residential sanitation routes normally collected on Mondays will be collected Wednesday, September 3. The landfill will be OPEN from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

There will be no fixed transit routes Monday. However, limited demand response service will be available through the Transit department at 479.783.6464. Hearing-impaired passengers may communicate via Arkansas Relay Services by dialing 7-1-1.

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New Businesses

An update on construction permits under review, approved, and businesses of interest under construction
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