May 12, 2010 Edition

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JPs seek to have funds transferred

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

Sherriff Dan Ellison addressed the Lawrence County Quorum Court on Monday regarding a sum of money that has accumulated over the last 20 years in an account known as partial pay.

A request is being made to transfer funds totaling about $45,000 from partial pay accounts to the county general fund.

"The present computer system eliminates this problem, but before our systems were this progressed, someone would pay part of a fine imposed by the judge and later move away or die," Justice Junior Briner said. "This money has accumulated over the years. We are now hoping to move this money into an account so that the county can make some use of it."

Members of the court voted to have County Attorney Dick Jarboe make a request to the circuit court to transfer these funds into county general fund.

Compensation received by justices was also discussed during the meeting. Quorum Court members receive $211 per meeting that is attended. Members can also turn in a mileage request for 39 cents for every mile traveled to and from the Quorum Court meeting. There was discussion as to whether or not this travel money was to be taxed as income. Members were advised to discuss the matter with their individual accountants.

In other business, the court:

  • approved a policy requiring all work requests by specific departments be accompanied by a properly filled out work order so that the work can be charged to the appropriate department and not fall under the heading of courthouse work.

  • amended the travel pay policy to include new guidelines for reimbursing employees for meals. To qualify for meal reimbursement, employees must be in a meeting for at least six hours. Limits are breakfast $7, lunch $10 and dinner at $18. The county needs to have an itemized receipt and will not reimburse for alcohol.

  • voted to sell a vacant lot in South Hoxie that the county owns. It has been appraised for about $4,500. The county plans to advertise the property and then take bids.

  • approved the following appointments to the Clover Bend Fire Improvement District board of directors: James Finch for a five-year term, Allen Freer for a four-year term, Daniel Bridges for a three-year term, Jack Patterson for a two-year term and Virgil Donovan for a one-year term.

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