Money for recycling center, coroner’s office in Quorum agenda Monday

A 2014 budget for the new E-waste recycling center in Jefferson County is expected to be approved Monday night when the Quorum Court meets at 5:30 p.m.

The Southeast Arkansas Solid Waste District has awarded the county $82,567.50 in grant funds to establish the new center, which will be located behind Pope Furniture on East Harding Avenue and will serve as a collection center for E-waste for the northern half of the district.

According to a letter from County Judge Dutch King to Justice of the Peace Edward Spears, chairman of the Solid Waste/Recycling Committee, a majority of the renovations for the center have been completed and the grant funds will allow for the remaining work needed, as well as operations of the center, which will also receive funding from state E-waste recycling grants.

The new center will collect E-waste from Arkansas, Cleveland, Grant and and Lincoln counties, as well as Jefferson County.

King said in the letter that no county funds are required for the project.

Also Monday an appropriation ordinance adding $46,000 to the County Buildings 2014 budget to pay for renovations to the Coroner’s Office is expected to be approved.

The money for the renovations came from a grant from the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District.

Resolutions allowing King to apply for state grants for two nonprofit organizations are also expected to be approved.

If approved, one of those grants — for $5,000 — would pay for work at Hestand Stadium on behalf of the Future Farmers and Master Gardeners Association, and the other — for $150,000 — would assist the Jefferson County Humane Society to develop an animal shelter for the county.

A resolution appointing Pamela McFall to a three-year term on the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum Commission is also on the agenda, but that could be amended because the ordinance that created the commission calls for seven-year terms for commissioners.