Ordinances to cover federal grants on Quorum Court agenda

Two appropriation ordinances to cover grants from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management are expected to be approved when the Jefferson County Quorum Court meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

The grants are from the Federal Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency and two ordinances are necessary because the funds must be kept separately, according to Karen Quarles, coordinator of the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management.

One of the grants was for $23,582.27 and is designated for law enforcement terrorism prevention activities. The second, for $42,279.09 is designated for the State Homeland Security program.

Quarles said the county must pay for all purchases made from the grant funds, and will be reimbursed by the state after copies of invoice and proof of payment is submitted.

In previous years, the grant funds were used to upgrade and replace equipment for law enforcement agencies and fire departments.

A third appropriation ordinance would transfer $16,838.30 that has been deposited into the county general fund to the Office of Emergency Management. The money was an insurance settlement to cover the costs of repairing damages to an electronic highway sign.

Also on the agenda for the county’s legislative body is an ordinance that establishes policies and procedures for the Quorum Court for 2013 and 2014. This ordinance is required by state law and sets out when committee and regular meetings will occur, establishes standing committees and provides that all requests will be channeled through the committee system.