September 12, 2007 Edition

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County seeking grant
for Rail-Trail project

The Lawrence County Quorum Court passed a resolution Monday night to support the application for a grant for the local Rails to Trails project.

The resolution stated that the county is willing and able to match the grant at 20 percent. An $80,000 grant is being sought through the Arkansas Recreational Trails Program.

County Judge Alex Latham said the county plans to use donated property to match the grant. He said the county has already spent money on closing costs and attorney fees for the property, which may go toward the match.

Justices also approved the appropriation of $139,945.39 in state "capital outlay" money.

Latham asked that $40,000 be appropriated to the road department for a truck purchase.

The remaining money was appropriated to repair the roof on the courthouse.

If funds remain at the completion of the roofing project, they will be appropriated to other projects.

"This is money we received for capital projects," Latham said. "It was suggested that it be used for one-time capital improvement projects."

Courthouse addition is discussed

A proposed addition to the courthouse to provide an additional courtroom was also discussed. Previous plans had called for the addition to be made to the front of the courthouse, but there were concerns over blending the addition with the current architecture.

The county is now considering completing the addition on the southeast corner of the building. Justices looked at and approved a preliminary floor plan provided by Stuck and Associates of Jonesboro.

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