Ashley County Quorum Court met Tuesday, June 14 to discuss several matters on the agenda including new items for sheriff’s department, beautification of courthouse, and road improvements.
The members approved the ordinances on the agenda.
Ordinance 2022-11 was the transfer of money from the treasurer’s account to the ARPA Revenue Replacement Fund to pay for the new vehicles the Ashley County sherriff’s department had delivered in May.
The sheriff’s department had their request for the vehicles approved in a previous quorum court session; this was just a transfer of funds to provide payment now that they had been delivered.
The cost of the three vehicles came out to $97,500.
Ordinance 2022-12 was passed for the same reason; to provide payment for equipment previously approved by the court on June 1 for the sheriff’s department.
This ordinance was in regard to $4,600 transferred from the treasurer’s account to the ARPA Revenue Replacement Fund, for the purchase of reliable hand held radios for use within the jail.
Sheriff Tommy Sturgeon said, “These are Motorola radios, we’ve tested them. There’s not anywhere in the building where they won’t work.”
Ordinance 2022-13 was in regards to a transfer of funds from the treasurer’s account to the road department.
Ashley County Judge Jim Hudson brought it before the budget committee on June 1, and it was decided to make the transfer of funds retroactive back to Jan. 1 of 2022.
This ordinance being passed resulted in the transfer of $298,198.52 into the road department account to pay for culverts and pipes.
It also resulted in the transfer of $75,322.06 into the road department funds to pay for gravel, dirt and sand.
Ordinance 2022-14 was in reference to the transfer of funds from the treasurer’s account to the wastewater project for water line easement.
The county received an invoice from Hick’s Surveying for $28,700 for services performed on the Ashley County Force Main Water Line Easement, and will use the funds to pay for these services.
There were two resolutions passed by the court.
Resolution 2022-2 designates the non-profit agency Southeast Arkansas Development District as the project administrator for the Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG.
The county is seeking the grant to possibly use the old True-Value building as a proposed site for a health and wellness center. The grant the county is seeking would be for the amount of $300,000.
The resolution indicates the county will enter into a contract with SEADD upon their approval, and SEADD will write the grant proposal.
The other resolution passed by the court was 2022-03, in regards to another grant the county is seeking. Hudson received the justices’ approval to apply for a grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission in the amount of $100,00 to provide funds to beautify the courthouse and the courthouse grounds.