Ordinances for state grants on Quorum Committees agenda Tuesday

Two appropriation ordinances to cover grants that Jefferson County has received from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will be discussed Tuesday when committees of the Quorum Court meet for the first time this year.

The grants are from the Federal Department of Homeland Security, and must be kept separate, according to a letter from Office of Emergency Management Director Karen Quarles that was attached to the ordinances.

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

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

The two ordinances call for the funds to be taken from the county’s general fund for cash-flow purposes, with the money to be returned when the state forwards payments.

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

The committee meeting will be the first not only for new County Judge Dutch King but for three members of the Quorum Court — Reginald Adams, Roy Agee and Morris Caldwell, who took office Jan. 1.

Also on the agenda is an ordinance to establish and adopt procedures for all activities of the Quorum Court for the years 2013 and 2014. This ordinance is required by state law every two years, and sets out when committee and regular meetings of the county’s legislative body will be conducted, establishes nine standing committees for the next two years, and provides that all requests will be channeled through the committee system.

The nine standing committees will be as follows:

• Finance

• Health and Welfare

• Solid Waste/Recycling

• Public Safety/Emergency Services

• Judicial

• Youth and Recreation

• Community Development/Grants

• Education

• Buildings and Grounds