April 20, 2014
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Solid Waste Board to discuss filing bankruptcy

     With no plan in place to keep the NABORS Landfill open and no revenue, the Ozark Solid Waste District Board is expected to decide whether to file for bankruptcy when it meets next week. In September the board voted to divert recycling grant funds received from ADEQ for the continued removal of leachate from the landfill located in northern Baxter County. However, those funds will be depleted by early spring or sooner and Board Chairman Jeff Crockett says he believes it's time for the board to make a decision.
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     The board is scheduled to hold a special meeting in Harrison Monday morning at 10 to consider what action they'll take.
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     The board last year defaulted on the remaining $11 million in bonds that were issued for the district's purchase of the landfill in 2005. Attempts to keep the landfill open, including an effort to hire Inland Service Corporation of Austin, Texas to manage the facility, failed when efforts to implement flow control were not successful. One of the conditions of the proposed agreement between the Solid Waste District and Inland was that all counties and cities in the district would be required to send their waste to NABORS, regardless of outstanding contracts they might have. Crockett said implementation of flow control never got off the ground.
     As for the meeting Monday, does Crockett anticipate the Solid Waste District's 15-member board will agree to file bankruptcy?
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     What happens if the district decides not to file bankruptcy?
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     Jeff Crockett, chairman of the Ozark Solid Waste District board, on the board meeting set for Monday in Harrison.

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