Quorum Court OKs mowing agreement

An agreement between the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department to mow, trim and remove litter along the Martha Mitchell Expressway this year was approved by the County Quorum Court on Monday night.

The Sheriff’s Office will receive the same compensation that the state department previously paid a private contractor to do the work, $16 per acre for litter removal and $50 per acre for mowing.

All of the work will be done by members of the department’s Clean Team, supervised by deputies.

The agreement provides that the county will be paid $5,544 for each of three mowing cycles required by the highway departments, plus taxes of $512.82 for a total of $6,056.82 for each cycle.

The county’s legislative body also approved an appropriation ordinance establishing a $3,675 budget for the Watson Chapel Water District Generator project. That amount is what remains of an original $66,000 the county received from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to purchase the generator in 2012.

Other legislation approved Monday included:

• A $53,000 appropriation ordinance for the FINS (Families In Need of Services) and Truancy Fund, using $15,000 from the city of Pine Bluff and $38,000 from a grant that juvenile court received from the Arkansas Department of Human Services-Division of Youth Services.

• A $33,094.97 appropriation ordinance for the Sixth Division of Circuit Court (Juvenile Court) for a variety of uses, including funds for juvenile drug court, juvenile teen court, drug testing supplies, professional services, and miscellaneous.

• A $3,752 appropriation ordinance to cover a salary and benefits increase for the Accounts Manager/Utility because of an increase in job responsibilities.