December 14, 2016 Edition

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County to establish rules,
fines for shooting range

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

While the new Lawrence County Shooting Range is operational, there are some additional actions the county needs to take before it is opened to the public.

At Monday night's meeting, quorum court justices discussed establishing rules and fines for violations, which will need to be passed by ordinancE.

Bryce Baldridge with the Lawrence County Extension office provided some guidelines for the rules to Justice Lloyd Clark prior to the meeting. The court voted to send the information to County Attorney Dick Jarboe for review. They hope to have the ordinance ready to vote on at the January meeting.

Another need is for volunteers to help man the range. Clark said he has been reaching out to people in hopes to have the range open several times a week.

Also at the meeting, the court voted to settle a bill with the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority for the 2016 year. While the county will remain a member of the intermodal for 2017, Clark said the future of the organization would depend greatly on hiring a new director and getting additional support from municipalities.

In other business:

justices appropriated $4,500 to offset a seniority pay deficit for several elected officials.

the court approved the sheriff's department to conduct business with T & J Upfitters, which provides installation of lights and radio on vehicles. Court approval was required as reserve deputy Tim McComas is affiliated with the business.

justices authorized the lease a Dodge truck at $26,000 to be paid over three years with an option to buy for $1 at the end of the lease.

Justice Doug Wayland made the motion to increase the per meeting pay by $50 for quorum court members. He said this would replace the end-of-year bonus they had received previously. The vote failed 5-1 with Wayland abstaining.

the court set the January meeting for Thursday, Jan. 5, at 5:30 p.m.

Justices Wayland, Pardo Roberts and Nathan Crafton were recognized for their service, as well as County Judge Ann Pulliam, all of whom will finish their terms at the end of the year.

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