Funding to Extinguish Underground Fire Continues to Be in Question in Bella Vista

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The City of Bella Vista says it’s not in charge of extinguishing the Trafalgar Road fire that’s caused significant concern over the past several weeks. 

Homeowners claim nothing is being done by the city to protect their health from the underground blaze- known as the Stump Dump. 

It was standing room only Monday as the city council allowed the people of Bella Vista to voice their concerns about the Stump Dump.

Mayor Peter Christie says the city does not have the money to deal with the fire and has to rely on state and federal agencies moving forward. 

Speakers tonight ranged from children saying the smoke won’t let them sleep at night to a man speaking in a hazmat suit to convey his message. 

The Arkansas Department of Health Announced last week the preliminary results of the air quality is deemed in the unhealthy category.

Community members know finding a solution to the problem is difficult but many feel the city isn’t making this problem a necessity. 

“The time has come now for our political legislators both with the federal and state level to pick up the torch and start running with it,” Mayor Peter Christie said. “Because we have been running with it for 5 months and we need help. “

“We have a health issue here and someone needs to step up to the plate and pony up the money so we can get the fire out so we can decide years from now who is going to pay for it,” Deborah Emmons said

Mayor Christie adds no concrete plan is in motion for putting out the fire but he is set to meet with legislators this Friday following the release of the third round of air quality testing. 

Flyers of precautionary methods will be inserted into every Bella Vista resident’s water bill this next month on how to protect your house and your body 

Homeowners plan to meet again on January 18th at Rearden Hall for another community input session. 

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