September 12, 2007 EditionAlso in this issue...
County seeking grant
The Lawrence County Quorum Court passed a resolution Monday night to support the application for a grant for the local Rails to Trails project.
for Rail-Trail 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."
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.
In other business:
- justices approved an ordinance designating County Clerk Tina Stowers as the preparer of the final settlement for the annual report necessary to comply with rules of the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department. Stowers has previously filled this role, but new regulations require the court to approve an ordinance.
- it was reported that the county's budget to date is still in good shape.
- $1,613.80 that was received by the Sheriff's Department from the circuit clerk was appropriated into the sheriff's budget for travel.
- the court approved the appointment of Mike Shelton of Walnut Ridge as the county coordinator for the Americans With Disabilities Act.
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