February 13, 2008 Edition

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Justices discuss sign placement

Amber Adams
Staff Writer

Justices discussed the placement of campaign signs during the Quorum Court's regular meeting on Monday evening.

Lawrence County Judge Alex Latham informed the court that he has received calls from several concerned citizens regarding campaign signs placed on part of the Rails to Trails project.

According to an Arkansas statute, campaign signs cannot be placed on private property without written permission from the owner. Any violation of the statute can result in fines of $25 to $100.

Justices discussed the fact that for several years campaign signs have been placed in the area across from McDonalds in Walnut Ridge. That property is also part of Rails to Trails, and is therefore county property, however, justices voted to designate that area for campaign signs.

As part of the motion, campaign and other signs will not be allowed on county property except for that designated area. Signs may be placed no closer than 15-feet from street and highway right-of-way between Village Creek and Rebecca Lane. The court advised Latham to give people one week to remove signs that are in violation.

In other business:

  • Justices approved a resolution authorizing Latham to apply for a Trails for Life Grant funded through the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The county is applying for a $70,000 continuation grant for the project, according to Justice of the Peace Junior Briner.

  • Latham updated the court on the courthouse addition, saying that bids will be opened on March 13 at 2 p.m.

  • Justices authorized the application for a General Development grant. There is almost $1.8 million dollars available, according to Briner, who said he is working with Hoxie Mayor Donnie Roberts and Walnut Ridge Mayor Michelle Rogers on grant projects.

  • The court approved Latham's nomination of Stephanie Smith to the Lawrence County Library Board.

  • Latham informed the court that the new roof on the courthouse is almost complete.

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