June 13, 2012 Edition

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Justices approve bonuses

The Lawrence County Quorum Court voted to give a $200 bonus to all county employee and elected officials at its meeting on Monday night.

The bonuses will be awarded in July. Salaries were frozen this year, but the budget committee recommended the bonuses.

"It's something we feel like we can afford at this time," Junior Briner, chair of the budget committee, said.

The justices also voted to replace the flooring in the Lawrence County Meeting Room, which is located adjacent to the library.

Prisoners will take up the carpet that is currently in the building sometime in the next month. A new tile floor is set to be installed in August at a cost of $7,800.

In other business:

  • County Judge Dale Freeman reported that work on the gravel road that leads to the new peanut buying point near Portia should begin soon. The county was awarded a $100,000 economic development grant to complete the work.

  • Justices voted to purchase a 2011 model 120 M grader through a lease purchase agreement. Because the grader has logged more than 500 working hours, the equipment can be purchased without going through the bidding process, according to Freeman.

  • Bonnie Stout was reappointed to the Lawrence Health Services Board, and the Walnut Ridge Rural Fire Department Board was reappointed as a whole.

  • A citizen expressed concerns that the sheriff's department is not doing enough night patrolling in the eastern part of the county. He was advised by the court to talk with the sheriff about his complaint.

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