JPs unanimously approve agenda items

Friday, March 22, 2019

By Scott Loftis

CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com

The Carroll County Quorum Court zipped through its agenda at Monday’s March meeting, unanimously approving seven pieces of legislation.

After completing the agenda items, justices of the peace spent several minutes discussing a potential sales tax campaign to finance upgrades to the county’s emergency communications system, as reported in Tuesday’s Midweek edition.

JPs approved the following items, all by votes of 10-0 (District 4 JP Marty Johnson was absent after attending his father’s funeral earlier in the day):

• a supplemental appropriation ordinance amending the 2018 budget ordinance to “clean up” various line items;

• an appropriation ordinance allowing county employee Jim Kelley to be paid for 10 days of accrued vacation time — a total of $1,703.45 — in lieu of time off from work;

• a supplemental appropriation ordinance appropriating $800 apiece for internet connections in the offices of the county judge and the veterans service officer and $4,840 to the maintenance fund for the Eastern District Courthouse for storm damage repairs;

• a supplemental appropriation ordinance appropriating a total of $1,015.19 to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office — money that was received from scrapping non-functional equipment from the sheriff’s office;

• a supplemental appropriation ordinance appropriating a total of $514.80 to the county detention facility fund — money that was received from scrapping non-functional equipment from the detention center;

• a supplemental appropriation ordinance appropriating a total of $125.74 to the department of 911 Services — money that was received from scrapping non-functional equipment from the 911 department;

• and a supplemental appropriation ordinance appropriating a total of $14,125 to the quorum court to compensate JPs for attendance at meetings and to pay for publication of ordinances and resolutions in the newspaper.

Before discussing the agenda items, JPs heard presentations from agriculture extension agent Olivia Foster and Ozark Regional Transit representative Jeff Hatley.

District 1 Justice of the Peace Jack Deaton raised the idea of a sales tax during the portion of the meeting set aside for JPs’ comments, saying the county doesn’t have any other realistic means of paying for the communications upgrade that he says is badly needed.

“We’re on borrowed time on these radios,” Deaton said. “… I’ll probably get shot on the way home, but guys I think the only answer to this thing is trying to do a sales tax to pay for this thing.”

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