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No decision made on sale of Sallisaw Landfill

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 - Monday's regular Sallisaw city commissioners meeting began with an opening statement by City Manager Keith Skelton. Skelton gave a brief overview regarding the unsolicited offer to purchase the Sallisaw Landfill along with the city sanitation collection services for a total price of $24,350,591. Multiple Sallisaw residents, along with residents who live in close proximity to the landfill, took turns stating their opinions and concerns on why or why not to accept the offer.

Skelton followed up by listing several city improvement projects that proceeds from the proposed sale could be used for. Two of the projects mentioned included a new hospital and road repairs.

Mayor Ernie Martens ended the landfill discussion by stating, “This is very early in this process. We have a big decision to make and a lot of negotiations to take place with the potential buyer so we can come up with something that is beneficial to the city and beneficial for our citizens."

Discussion then turned to the Sallisaw Municipal Airport and the fatal skydiving accident that occurred on February 18. A 44-year-old Poteau woman perished while skydiving with Adventure Skydiving Center and all skydiving at the airport has been on hold since then. Skelton stated that the city is still waiting on the FAA to release the accident report and that there will be no skydiving taking place in the foreseeable future.

The Sallisaw Police Department is one step closer to receiving exterior improvements on the police department building. City commissioners approved the bid of $409,935 by MGS Construction Services during their meeting on Monday night.

KC Holzhammer, Staff Writer

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