January 11, 2012 Edition

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New JP districts set

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

The Quorum Court discussed changes in the justice of the peace districts for Lawrence County at its meeting Monday night.

It was announced that the districts have been reconstructed according to population findings from the 2010 census. Each district will now have 11.1 percent of the county's population.

"With the change there is an average of 1,935 people now in each of the nine districts," said Tina Stowers, county clerk.

Junior Briner said that the district court clerk's office is researching the possibility of hiring a part-time employee to help with the workload. It is estimated that there has been an increase of 15 percent in district court cases since last year.

"The workload for the district court clerk's office has been constantly growing. This month alone there is over $30,000 in overweight charges for trucks from the bridge at Black River. We need someone at least part-time so we can be efficient and professional in our duties and avoid working overtime on a regular basis," said District Court Clerk Joyce Roberts. "Also, because of the recent change in the laws, I can see the workload increasing more dramatically."

In other business:

  • Nathan Crafton was chosen for the second year in a row to represent Lawrence County as a delegate at the Quorum Court Association meeting held in March.

  • The court approved a transfer of funds of $287.71 to courthouse maintenance from the general fund to cover repair of a window.

  • It is anticipated that money from Rails to Trails will so on be refunded to the county. Afterward, the county will begin the fifth and final phase.

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