Quorum court approves grant resolutions, appropriation ordinances

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Carroll County Quorum Court quickly approved several items of legislation at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 20.

Justices of the Peace voted 10-0 on each item, with District 1 JP Jack Deaton absent.

JPs approved:

• A resolution authorizing County Judge Sam Barr to Apply for an American Rescue Plan subgrant of $7,058 to assist with operating costs for the Berryville Library;

• A resolution authorizing Barr to enter a grant agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration. The 100 percent grant of $136,692 would allow the airport to seal aprons at the Carroll County Airport;

• An ordinance allowing the county treasurer to transfer $150,000 to the courthouse fund;

• An ordinance appointing JPs Chuck Olson, Duane Coatney, Kellie Matt, Don McNeely and Larry Swofford to the county grievance committee;

An appropriation ordinance adjusting the salary for a secretary in the public defender’s office;

• Several supplemental appropriation ordinances transferring money to various funds, including $3,500 to replace windows in the courthouse annex, $3,500 for new computers in several departments and $18,600 for automation upgrades including new computers and software in the circuit clerk’s office.

Also at the Sept. 20 meeting, Carroll County prosecuting attorney Tony Rogers introduced a new deputy prosecutor, Steven Simmons.

During the portion of the meeting designated for JPs’ comments, District 11 JP John Howerton said he will ask Barr to appoint a committee to study the possible construction of new county facilities that could include a new courthouse.

Also during JPs’ comments, District 10 JP Larry Swofford — the longest-serving of the 11 justices — announced that he will not seek re-election in 2022.

The quorum court’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at Southern Heights Baptist Church.

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