Quorum committees to consider agreement with AHTD

An agreement between the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department for the maintenance and landscaping of the right-of-way on the Martha Mitchell Expressway will be discussed Tuesday when committees of the County Quorum Court meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Quorum Courtroom at the courthouse.

David Henning, Highway Department District Engineer at Pine Bluff, said in a letter to Sheriff Gerald Robinson that the county would be responsible for the area between the stoplight at Market Street/Highway 63 south to the end of the curb and gutter median north of the stoplight at Bryant Street.

Henning said the agreement provides that the county would be paid the same amount for the work as was paid to a private contractor previously. That rate would be $50 per acre for mowing and $16 per acre for litter removal.

All the work would be done using the sheriff’s department Clean Team and county equipment.

The agreement between the county and the state also provides that the county would perform three scheduled mowing cycles, the first between April 20 and Memorial Day, the second between July 1 and July 31, and the third between Oct. 1 and the day before Thanksgiving.

Also on the agenda Tuesday is an appropriation ordinance establishing a 2013 budget for the FINS (Families In Need of Services) and Truancy program at juvenile court.

The court has received a $38,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Human Services-Division of Youth Services, and a check for $15,000 from the city of Pine Bluff for the 2013 budget of $53,000.

Other items on the agenda include:

• An appropriation ordinance amending the 2013 County Road Department and Solid Waste budgets as a result of a staffing assessment.

• An appropriation ordinance amending the 2013 budget to change the title and pay of the Accounts Manager/Utility because of a change in job responsibilities.