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County, Get Rid of It Settle Dispute

Spears, Rodgers Also Address Questions About Proposed Regional Jail

RISON – The Cleveland County Quorum Court voted Monday night to give County Judge Gary Spears the authority to sign a revised contract with the county’s solid waste contractor, Get Rid of It, Inc., effectively ending a dispute between the two parties that has lasted for about five years.

Meanwhile, both Spears and Sheriff Jack Rodgers addressed questions from the court about the county’s position regarding a regional jail that is being considered for Southeast Arkansas. Spears and Rodgers both said there are some questions that need to be answered before they can make a decision.

Spears informed the court during its regular monthly meeting Monday night that Get Rid of It had agreed to settle many of the concerns that were expressed about the county’s solid waste contract during a special called meeting on July 24. In that meeting, the court voted to postpone seeking new bids for solid waste since Get Rid of It had approached the county about settling the differences between the two parties.

The biggest dispute between the county and Get Rid of It centered on the number of cans that were being serviced by the company.

When the county and Get Rid of It started a new 10-year contract about five years ago, the contractor’s count was about 130 cans higher than that of the county. Spears said he offered to basically split the difference, but Get Rid of It continued to bill the county at the higher count.

As a result, Spears said he never signed the contract. He said in a previous meeting that he eventually ordered that the county just pay the lower count he came up with.

To read the full article, see the August 9, 2017 print or e-Herald edition of The Herald.

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