Illegal Sewage Runoff in Bethel Heights

DID YOU KNOW? Bethel Heights is illegally dumping sewage...

The City of Bethel Heights is illegally dumping sewage in our neighborhoods, streams and creeks, storm drains, parks, livestock ponds, AND ON personal property! These irresponsible wastewater treatment practices continue to threaten public health, nearby waterways and livestock. 


WE MUST STOP the City of Bethel Heights from further deceptive, illegal, reckless and negligent acts that endanger our citizens, community, livestock and property values.


As Bethel Heights continues to pollute our environment with its insufficient sewage treatment processes, it is more important than ever to seek alternative solutions. Property owners have the right – and the power – to demand protection from illegal sewage treatment practices that pollute our personal property, playgrounds, rivers and streams, and livestock. 


The residents and property owners of Bethel Heights requested to be on the City Council agenda in May 2019. They were refused their request, so they attended City Council meetings to voice their concerns and to ask the city to stop polluting their property and livestock ponds. The Mayor and Council Members have repeatedly refused to speak with the property owners or engage in discussion at these city meetings. 

  

For more than 15 years, the City of Bethel Heights has developed a track record of ILLEGAL ACTIONS designed to POLLUTE OUR CITY in favor of personal and political interests of its leaders. These irresponsible, reckless, neglectful and destructive city officials: 

  

  • Illegally constructed underground pipelines to neighboring properties to deceptively dump excess sewage from its sewage treatment site 
  • Intentionally misreport data submitted to ADEQ regarding its handling of sewage in deceptive efforts to avoid non-compliance fines and penalties – and conspire about ways to continue doing so
  • Ignore state and federal laws that govern safe treatment and disposal of sewage, which THREATEN PUBLIC HEALTH, LIVESTOCK, AND PROPERTY VALUE 
  • Allow sewage to pond/pool and runoff to private properties, farmland, livestock ponds, storm drains, and parks and recreational areas...as well as NEARBY WATER SYSTEMS that feed into the Illinois River, thereby contaminating our natural resources and personal property with e-Coli and toxic levels of fecal coliform
  • Continue to operate MORE THAN 37 MONTHS in violationof its State Permit… MORE THAN HALF its time in operation
  • Allow dangerous, life-threatening levels of fecal coliforms – tests show that levels are 86 times more than permitted by the State of Arkansas
  • Taxpayer dollars are spent on fines/penalties and costly cleanup

  

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has ordered Bethel Heights to come up with a better plan for sewage…AGAIN. In addition to the probability of another failing corrective action plan, their plan could cost residents more due to inadequate funding to fix the compounded problems, as well as the fines and penalties they continue to pay for non-compliance with taxpayer dollars. 


This childish behavior can be stopped by consolidating Bethel Heights into Springdale where property owners are assured better services at lower costs. 


SPRINGDALE IS THE CLOSEST CITY TO OFFER BETTER and more cost-effective, clean and compliant sewer services, contaminant-free parks and playgrounds, and quality resources that DO NOT POLLUTE OUR LAND & WATER, VIOLATE OUR PRIVATE INVESTMENTS nor DECREASE OUR PROPERTY VALUES! 



PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION  to join the City of Springdale where Bethel Heights property owners will have safe, responsible, compliant, quality services at a MUCH LOWER COST. 


PETITIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING SPRINGDALE BUSINESSES:

Legacy Bank  |  First Security Bank  |  Wagon Wheel Restaurant  |  Springdale Chamber of Commerce  |  Las Margaritas Restaurant  |  Las Fajitas Restaurant  |  AQ Chicken  |  Neal's Cafe  |  The Odd Soul on Emma  |  Buck's Place on Emma  |  Bailey's Barber Shop




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Know The Facts

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Take Action to Help Our Community Escape the Hazards in Bethel Heights

Current wastewater treatment practices at Bethel Heights continue to threaten public health, nearby waterways and livestock. 


WE MUST STOP the City of Bethel Heights from further deceptive, illegal, reckless and negligent acts that endanger our citizens, community, livestock and property values.


Your participation in the petition to help Bethel Heights property owners to join Springdale will clean up the mess that the City of Bethel Heights has created with its sewage runoff from its treatment plant.  


A Stinking Problem in Bethel Heights Contaminates the Watersheds in NW Arkansas and Poses Health Hazards to Residents


For more than 15 years, the City of Bethel Heights has developed a track record of ILLEGAL ACTIONS designed to POLLUTE OUR CITY in favor of personal and political interests of its leaders. These irresponsible, reckless, neglectful and destructive city officials:  

  

  • Illegally constructed underground pipelines to neighboring properties to deceptively dump excess sewage from its sewage treatment site 
  • Intentionally misreport data submitted to ADEQ regarding its handling of sewage in deceptive efforts to avoid non-compliance fines and penalties – and conspire about ways to continue doing so
  • Ignore state and federal laws that govern safe treatment and disposal of sewage, which THREATEN PUBLIC HEALTH, LIVESTOCK, AND PROPERTY VALUE 
  • Allow sewage to pond/pool and runoff to private properties, farmland, livestock ponds, storm drains, and parks and recreational areas...as well as NEARBY WATER SYSTEMS that feed into the Illinois River, thereby contaminating our natural resources and personal property with e-Coli and toxic levels of fecal coliform
  • Continue to operate MORE THAN 37 MONTHS in violationof its State Permit… MORE THAN HALF its time in operation
  • Allow dangerous, life-threatening levels of fecal coliforms – tests show that levels are 86 times more than permitted by the State of Arkansas
  • Taxpayer dollars are spent on fines/penalties and costly cleanup


Sewage Runoff Problem Can Be Fixed by Your Support to Join Springdale

As Bethel Heights continues to pollute our environment with its insufficient sewage treatment processes, it is more important than ever to seek alternative solutions. Property owners have the right – and the power – to demand protection from illegal sewage treatment practices that pollute our personal property, playgrounds, rivers and streams, and livestock. 


The residents and property owners of Bethel Heights requested to be on the City Council agenda in May 2019. They were refused their request, so they attended City Council meetings to voice their concerns and to ask the city to stop polluting their property and livestock ponds. The Mayor and Council Members have repeatedly refused to speak with the property owners or engage in discussion at these city meetings. This childish behavior can be stopped by consolidating Bethel Heights into Springdale where property owners are assured better services at lower costs. 


The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has ordered Bethel Heights to come up with a better plan for sewage…AGAIN. In addition to the probability of another failing corrective action plan, their plan could cost residents more due to inadequate funding to fix the compounded problems, as well as the fines and penalties they continue to pay for non-compliance with taxpayer dollars. 


Springdale is the closest city to offer better and more cost-effective, clean and compliant sewer services, contaminant-free parks and playgrounds, and quality resources that DO NOT POLLUTE OUR LAND & WATER, VIOLATE OUR PRIVATE INVESTMENTS nor DECREASE OUR PROPERTY VALUES! 


BENEFTIS TO JOINING SPRINGDALE

  • LOWER COST for better quality services 
  • COMPLIANT, MODERN & ECO-FRIENDLY wastewater treatment facility 
  • CAPACITY TO SERVICE current and future needs of the community 
  • ADHERENCE TO SUSTAINABILITY GUIDELINES ensure protection of natural resources and personal property
  • INCREASE VALUE of personal property investments
  • TAX DOLLARS spent on quality service rather than fines


OTHER BENEFTIS:


  • Fire Protection Class I ISO-Rating increases coverage, improves response times, lowers cost of insurance to property owners
  • Improved, Quality, Compliant City Services improves economy and quality of life while lowering cost of living 
  • Expanded Police Coverage per capita improves public safety and crime prevention
  • Economic Development Incentives promote healthy development and expansion attraction to new business attraction and retention
  • Infrastructure Capacity and Maintenance supports decades of growth
  • Overall Better sewer, trash, parks & street maintenance

TIRED OF PAYING MORE BUT GETTING LESS?

Monthly Sewer Use – 1,500 Gallons

Cost in Springdale $ 5.43

Cost in Bethel Heights $35.00


Monthly Sewer Use – 6,500 Gallons

Cost in Springdale $21.28

Cost in Bethel Heights $35.00


Monthly Sewer Use – 10,500 Gallons

Cost in Springdale $33.96

Cost in Bethel Heights $48.98


PLUS the cost of power required to run the grinder pump and on-site holding tank

The Problem Has A Solution!