Money for new sheriff’s building on Quorum Court agenda

A proposed appropriation ordinance to fund continued construction at the site of the new Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be considered Monday when the Quorum Court meets at 5:30 p.m.

Before that meeting, the court’s Public Safety/Emergency Services and Finance Committees will meet beginning at 5:20 p.m. to discuss the ordinance, which was not ready when committees of the court met last week.

The proposal calls for making a total of $105,884.93 available for the construction, and barring unforeseen complications, the first phase of the building, which would move the sheriff’s department Criminal Investigation Division from its present location on Main Street, is expected to be ready later this year.

Of the total, $20,884.93 will come from proceeds the county received when it sold the former county jail to the Arkansas Department of Correction in 2009, another $15,000 from mortgage revenue bonds, and the remaining $70,000 from the jail operation fund.

In a letter to County Judge Dutch King and Finance Committee Chairman Herman Ginger, Sheriff Gerald Robinson said the transfer of the money from the jail operations fund “will not endanger our ability to operate the jail facility as effectively as we do currently.”

Also on the agenda is an appropriation ordinance that would transfer money that has been received into the county’s general fund as insurance reimbursements to the sheriff”s department and Office of Emergency Management.

The bulk of the $12,426.23 that has been received will go to the sheriff’s department to cover damage to seven vehicles damaged this year. The Office of Emergency Management will receive $338.12 of the total for damage to a vehicle assigned to that office.

A proposal that would have raised the travel allowance for persons using their personal vehicles for county purposes that was discussed during committee meetings last week was turned down and will not be considered.