Bank loans for dump trucks, air conditioning unit on agenda for county committees

Bank loans to purchase dump trucks for the Jefferson County Road Department and a chiller for the courthouse will be considered when committees of the Quorum Court meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Quorum Courtroom.

Three used dump trucks would be bought with an $81,103 loan from Relyance Bank, and the county would repay that loan in three annual installments of $28,157.46.

The second loan, also from Relyance Bank in the amount of $214,983, would be repaid in 60 substantially equal monthly installments. The exact monthly figure for repayment was not available Friday afternoon as the loan documents were still being prepared.

Also on the agenda Tuesday is an appropriation ordinance establishing a 2013 budget for E-Waste Recycling.

The county will be establishing an e-waste recycling center for the five northern counties of the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District (Jefferson, Arkansas, Cleveland, Grant and Lincoln) that will be funded from recycling grants from the state.

A storage building on East Harding Avenue behind Pope Furniture will be used as the collection center and the development district has already approved funds for renovation of that building.

The total 2013 budget for the E-Waste program will be $165,601.

An ordinance that will allow the recycling department to purchase a used air conditioning unit from a current employee will also be considered.

Recycling Director Matt Earnest said in a letter to County Judge Dutch King that the department has an enclosed trailer that is used at recycling events and the department would like to put an air conditioning unit in that trailer to cool it off during summer events.

Earnest said an employee of the County Road Department has a two-year-old air conditioning unit he is selling for $500, while the cost of a new unit would run from $800 to $900, plus additional costs for the inside unit and heater coils.

A $20,000 appropriation ordinance to pay attorney Burt Newell to handle the case of the county versus the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System and J .Y. Williams is also to be considered.