Funds for reconstruction of coroner’s office on agenda for county committees

A grant from the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District will pay for repairs to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office on Main Street and committees of the quorum court will consider transferring that money into a working account when they meet for the first time this year at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The $46,000 grant from the development district is currently in the county’s general fund. If the county’s legislative body approves, the money will be transferred to the county buildings fund.

Also Tuesday, the quorum court will be asked to allow County Judge Dutch King to apply for two grants from state agencies for local organizations.

The Jefferson County Humane Society wants $150,000 from the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to make improvements to the animal shelter and the Southeast Arkansas Livestock Show and Rodeo Association wants $5,000 from the Arkansas Agricultural Department to make improvements to facilities.

State law requires that the county judge apply for the grants on behalf of various non-profit organizations in the county, and the quorum court has to adopt resolutions authorizing that action.

In other business, the justices of the peace will consider an appropriation ordinance approving a 2014 budget for money that was received from the Southeast Arkansas Solid Waste District to establish an E-Waste collection site for the northern half of the district.

Remodeling work on a county-owned building behind Pope Furniture on East Harding Avenue has been done to create the new site, and according to the proposed ordinance, there is a need to restructure certain operations related to recycling.

The grant from the solid waste district was for $82,567.50. According to the proposed ordinance, $50,000 of that total would be used for miscellaneous expenses associated with recycling, while the remaining $32,567.50 would be used for other professional services.

The ordinance also calls for the transfer of $46,700 from a salary and benefits line item in the road department budget to the recycling department budget, and an additional supplemental appropriation of $6,132.50 from another recycling budget.

Also on the agenda Tuesday will be:

• A $25,000 appropriation ordinance for the Sixth Division of Circuit Court (Juvenile Court) with the funds to be used for drug testing, other professional services, juvenile drug court, juvenile teen court and training and education.

• An appropriation ordinance approving a 2014 budget of $53,000 for the FINS (Families in Need of Services) and Truancy 1809 Grant Fund and a 2014 budget of $42,535 for the FINS and Truancy Grant Fund 1901.

• A resolution appointing Pamela McFall to a three-year term on the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum Commission.

• A discussion of Justice Ted Harden attending the upcoming conference of the National Association of Counties.