Vicious animal ordinance to be introduced before Quorum Court

Wednesday, April 9, 2003

A county-wide vicious animal ordinance will be introduced at the April 18 Quorum Court meeting, county Judge Ed Robertson announced.

Robertson said he has the ordinance ready for review, along with a proposed budget, and a candidate for the job ---- Ed Rambo.

"I spent part of the weekend going over the contract with Rambo," Robertson said.

He noted that Rambo is a kennel owner and operator, a former county deputy, and the current animal control officer for the city of Eureka Springs.

Robertson also noted that the proposed ordinance deals with vicious animals only ---- not nuisance animals, such as those that bark all night or run at large.

He said the Quorum Court requested that the two concerns be addressed separately.

Another item for the Justices to consider will be Robertson's request that they allow him to hire three road department workers to fill slots that were recently vacated.

In addition, Robertson wants four temporary employees to work full-time for five months over the summer to help the department get caught up with chip-and-seal projects, bridge work, and pot-hole patching. He estimates the cost for the seasonal help to be $35,000.

Also at the April 18 meeting, Robertson hopes that a new justice of the peace will be sworn in and ready to serve.

JP James Kelley, a Democrat who represented the Kings River and Polo area, resigned from his seat after accepting a paid position with the county road department.

The Democratic majority of the Quorum Court recommended that Governor Mike Huckabee name Democrat Margaret Fancher to the post.

Robertson said he passed along the Quorum Court's recommendation to the governor, but that he didn't know when the governor would respond.

Fancher, according to her letter to the court, said she had banking experience in Missouri and is now a bookkeeper for her family farm. She is also a member of the Carroll County Democratic Women, and had been an election clerk for her precinct for several years.

Other candidates seeking the vacant seat included Ken Drezinski, a Methodist minister who helps out in the finance department at a retreat center west of Eureka Springs; and, Mike Jarvis, who lost his bid for the seat as an Independent in the November election.

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