January 6, 2016 Edition

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County ends 2015 in good shape

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

The Lawrence County Quorum Court held its first meeting of the year Monday with justices agreeing that the county had a good year financially.

"I think we ended the year in really good shape," Justice Nathan Crafton said.

Additionally, a major county project, the shooting range being built near the Black Rock rest area, is nearing completion. County Judge Dale Freeman said the slab has already been poured for the final building and forms are in place for the walkways. "We really just lack putting that building up and pouring the walkways," Freeman said.

Justices appropriated $15,000 from an Arkansas Game & Fish grant and $16,000 from the sale of timber cut at the shooting range site to help pay for the range.

In other business, justices:

appointed Vickie Slusser as interim county assessor effective Jan. 15.

Freeman reported that Lawrence County has been approved for disaster relief from the December flooding. He said FEMA will be in the county today to assess damages.

appropriated a reimbursement to the road fund for disaster relief from the flood of 2014.

scheduled the February meeting for Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. so the court can adopt the bond ordinance and sign the bond purchase agreement associated with the sales and use tax bonds approved in November. Justices also voted to have winter month meetings at 5:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

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