Money for second sheriff’s K-9 on quorum committee agenda

A proposed appropriation ordinance to complete the purchase of a second K-9 for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and funds to pay for a bullet proof vest for the dog will be considered when committees of the Jefferson County Quorum Court meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The Public Safety/Emergency Services and Finance committees will consider the $3,803.85 appropriation, which had been deposited in the Special Projects account of County General.

Sheriff Gerald Robinson wants that money transferred to the sheriff’s department account.

Private donations were used in large part to buy Sgt. Reis, a Belgian Malinois, last month, and the money in the special projects fund was earmarked to complete the purchase and buy the vest.

Also on the agenda is an appropriation ordinance for the Sixth Division of Circuit Court (Juvenile Division) that calls for transferring $17,366.72 from the Circuit Court Juvenile Division Fund to County General so that the appropriation can be made.

Circuit Judge Earnest Brown Jr., the juvenile court judge, said in a letter to County Judge Mike Holcomb and Judicial Committee Chairman Ted Harden that the money is needed for fuel, oil and lubricants, office supplies, computer expenses and miscellaneous items.

No new money would be involved in the transfer.

An appropriation ordinance to levy county, municipal and school taxes for 2012, to be collected next year, will also be considered. That ordinance is required by state law each November.

A resolution reappointing Anna Marie Jacks to a five-year term on the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Library Board will also be considered. Jacks’ current term would expire Nov. 18.

A note attached to the proposed ordinance indicated that the county assessor’s office was waiting on two confirmation letters so that the ordinance could reflect the correct tax rates.

An appropriation ordinance transferring insurance reimbursements totaling $23,233.90 to various county departments is also on the agenda.

Budget hearings for County General and the County Road Department that had originally been scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday have been pushed back to Nov. 27, according to a memo from Holcomb to members of the quorum court, election officials and county department heads.

Holcomb said the hearings were rescheduled because the county did not receive new health insurance rates in time to keep the initial schedule and significantly delayed the process making necessary adjustments.