JPs plow through agenda, OK new lease for graders

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Carroll County Quorum Court was in an agreeable spirit Monday night, breezing through its agenda in less than a half hour without a single dissenting vote.

The 11 justices of the peace voted unanimously to approve several resolutions and ordinances, including a late addition that was approved at the request of County Judge Sam Barr.

Barr was absent from Monday’s meeting for personal reasons, but District 3 JP Lamont Richie said Barr informed him that the county’s lease on its road graders will expire later this year. The new lease will be approximately twice as expensive, Richie said, noting that the county got an especially good deal on its current lease. After brief discussion, JPs approved a resolution authorizing Barr to execute a new lease agreement.

Richie chaired the meeting in Barr’s absence.

Later, JPs approved a supplemental appropriation ordinance transferring a total of $5,705 to several departments to pay employees for unused sick leave. County employees may carry over up to 60 days of unused sick leave from year to year. They then earn one additional sick day per month. At the end of each year, the county’s policy is to pay employees $50 for each day more than 60 of accrued sick leave, up to a maximum of 12 days.

During the portion of Monday’s meeting reserved for JPs’ comments, District 4 JP Marty Johnson pointed out that the county’s lease agreement with Mercy Berryville requires that the hospital provide regular reports to the quorum court.

“They’ve been behind on that for the last nine years,” Johnson said.

Richie suggested that Johnson move to adopt a resolution formally requesting a report from the hospital. Johnson made a motion and it was approved unanimously.

In other business, JPs unanimously approved:

• a resolution appointing Diana Sturtz to represent the Green Forest Library Board on the Carroll County Library Department Board of Directors, to finish Pam Norton’s term ending in December 2018;

• a resolution authorizing Barr to apply for a state matching grant of $4,000 on behalf of the Carroll County Fair Association;

• a resolution choosing the voting systems to be used in elections in Carroll County, which County Clerk Jamie Correia said was necessary to comply with state regulations;

• an appropriation ordinance transferring $7,500 in grant funds received from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to the Carroll County Historical Courthouse;

• a supplemental appropriation ordinance transferring $2,900 to the county assessor’s office to be used in setting up additional meeting space in the assessor’s office;

• a supplemental appropriation ordinance transferring $30,000 within the county’s road and bridge fund for the purchase of a Case CX135 hydraulic excavator;

• a supplemental appropriation ordinance transferring $3,550 to the public defender budget to pay for out-of-state travel and training;

• and a supplemental appropriation transferring a total of $57,164.46 from various funds to pay for property insurance premiums.

The quorum court’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, March 20, in the courtroom of the Carroll County Eastern District Courthouse in Berryville.

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