Benton, Bryant make plans for debris pickup

Cleanup of debris from the Christmas Day winter storm is continuing throughout Saline County.
The city of Benton has been collecting curbside yard debris sporadically along roads and by request, according to the Benton Street Department. A comprehensive pickup effort, however, will begin in the middle of next week.
Benton residents may call the street department at 776-5990 to have their names put on a list to ensure the city is aware they have debris that is ready to be picked up, according to the department.
Bryant residents may request curbside debris pickup until Jan. 31. In February, the street department "will make its final sweeps," collecting curbside debris throughout the city, said Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs.
The project will be divided by wards. Pickup for Ward 1 is scheduled for the week of Feb. 4; pickup for Ward 2 will take place during the week of Feb. 11; Ward 3 will be the week of Feb. 18; and Ward 4 will be the week of Feb. 25.
"It is very helpful to the street department, and we can get to you sooner if you call or email us your address when your storm debris has been taken to the curb," Dabbs said. This may be done by calling the city at 943-0468 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by emailing Nancy Addante, the administrative assistant for the street department, at
The annual spring cleanup in Bryant has been canceled to accommodate the cleanup from the storm, Dabbs said.
In addition, the county burn site, located behind the county airport off Reynolds Road, is still available and will remain open for several weeks, according to the Saline County judge's office. The site is open to the public Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Saline Courier Senior Editor Lynda Hollenbeck also contributed information for this article.