Quick work: Brief agenda makes for short quorum court session

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Carroll County Quorum Court sailed through a short agenda Monday night, finishing its July meeting in a brisk 15 minutes.

Justices of the Peace approved three appropriation ordinances with little discussion and not a single no vote:

• a supplemental appropriation ordinance transferring money for repairs to the eastern district courthouse;

• an appropriation ordinance appropriating funds to the Carroll County Historical Courthouse;

• and an appropriations ordinance transferring funds within the county assessor’s office.

JPs voted 11-0 on the first two ordinances and 10-0-1 on the third, with District 4 JP Marty Johnson abstaining.

District 7 JP Noreen Watson withdrew a proposed ordinance regarding the county’s employee policy manual. Watson said she will introduce the proposal later.

During the public comments portion of the meeting, resident Jim Mautte addressed the court for the third time in recent months regarding the noise level at music festivals at The Farm. Mautte told JPs that the noise level wasn’t as high during a recent event but that the music

continued until 4 a.m. one

morning. Later, District 1 JP Jack Deaton said the music was delayed by rain that night but should not continue that late again.

Also during public comments, Sheriff Randy Mayfield presented JPs with an activity report for the second quarter of the year, and Carroll County Airport manager Mike Pfeiffer said the board will be asked to approve a matching grant for a taxiway resurfacing next month. Pfeiffer said the grant won’t cost the county any money but the quorum court’s approval is needed.

During the portion of the meeting reserved for JPs’ comments, there was a brief discussion of ambulance service in eastern Carroll County, and the Eastern Carroll County Ambulance District Commission’s progress in awarding a long-term service contract.

District 3 JP Lamont Richie encouraged as many JPs as possible to attend the commission’s next meeting, especially those from the county’s Western District.

“There’s a great example to be followed — the example of an ambulance district that has been in operation for probably 20 years,” Richie said.

District 8 JP Don McNeely said he attended a recent commission meeting and encouraged the commission to study the Western District’s service contract, but that commissioners pointed out the differences in the eastern and western districts.

McNeely suggested the commission might be moving too slowly.

“I appreciate them working on it,” he said. “They’re all volunteers. But they might be overly cautious.”

County Judge Sam Barr told the court that the county recently traded some land on U.S. Highway 62 Spur to Carroll Electric Cooperative Corp. in exchanged for a parcel of land on Cisco Road that will be more useful to the county.

The quorum court’s next meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at the Carroll County Eastern District Courthouse in Berryville.

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