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Fort Smith Board critical of lack of CNG consideration of new vehicle purchases

Joe Kramer
Written by Joe Kramer

The Fort Smith Board of Directors approved $744,267 for the purchase of 12 new fleet trucks and vehicles for the city’s engineering and street departments Tuesday night (Oct. 18), but it wasn’t without scrutiny from city directors pushing for the long-awaited conversion to compressed natural gas (CNG).

According to Talk Business & Politics, Fort Smith Purchasing Manager Alie Bahsoon faced questioning from City Directors George Catsavis, Kevin Settle, and Mike Lorenz as to why the purchasing request for the new vehicles failed to include a CNG cost comparison since it has been a years-long goal of the Board’s to convert fleet trucks to the cheaper fuel source.

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Joe Kramer

Joe Kramer

Joe Kramer is a former reporter for AMP. Joe has written for the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway and served as editor for The Echo newspaper at the University of Central Arkansas.

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