Quorum Court expected to approve loans for road department equipment

Obtaining loans for two pieces of road department equipment tops the agenda for the Jefferson County Quorum Court when they meet Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Two separate ordinances that have been recommended for approval by both the building and grounds and finance committees of the county’s legislative body will be up for final approval Monday.

The loans will be used to buy a used ditching machine and a used paver. During committee meetings last week, Justice of the Peace Ted Harden said the county will be paying roughly $58,000 per year for the next four years to pay off the loans from Simmons First National Bank.

A loan that was used to buy other equipment in 2009 will be paid off this year. The final payment on that loan is $102,000.

County Judge Dutch King said the county currently has one ditching machine and does not have a paving machine.

“This will get us a lot better than where we have been,” King said during that meeting.

Also Monday, an appropriation ordinance establishing a 2013 budget for the County Recycling Resource Recovery Grant fund will be considered.

According to a letter from Daniel Marks, who works in the County Judge’s Office, grant funding is currently deposited directly into the Recycling Resource Recovery fund, but in order to make accounting and reporting more efficient, a separate fund needs to be established for grants.

An $83,821.68 appropriation ordinance setting a 2013 budget for rural fire protection also is expected to be approved.

The money for that appropriation comes from state turnback funds that are collected from premiums on homeowners insurance and by law, must be allocated to rural fire departments based on population.