Proposed amendment would restructure museum commission

Conflicts between a state law and an ordinance adopted by the Jefferson County Quorum Court in 1996 will be resolved if a new ordinance is approved.

When committees of the Quorum Court meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, they will consider the new ordinance, which deals with membership and terms of office for members of the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum.

The proposed amended ordinance would increase the number of members of the commission from seven to nine, and at the same time, reduce the amount of time members will serve on the commission from seven-year staggered year terms to three-year staggered terms.

Also, because the current ordinance is in conflict with state law, the new ordinance calls for all currently board members to start with new terms.

Under the proposed new ordinance, the terms of two of the members — Anthonette Allen and Brenda Barnes — would expire Dec. 31, 2014. The terms of Mark Kalbrenner and Rick Joslin would expire Dec. 31, 2015, and the terms of Pam McFall and Ruby Poteet would expire Dec. 31, 2016.

There are three vacancies on the commission, and those will be filled by members appointed by the county judge and confirmed by the quorum court.

Also on the agenda is a proposed appropriation ordinance that would transfer $5,000 from the Assessor’s Amendment 79 fund to the county general fund, then to the assessor’s 2014 budget line item for part-time salaries.

According to a letter from Assessor Yvonne Humphrey to County Judge Dutch King, the money will be used to pay a part-time employee to scan homestead credits.

No money from the county general fund would be needed for this transaction.