County receives 1st payments from FEMA for flood damage

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Carroll County has received its first

payments from the Federal Emergency

Management Agency for the repair

of damage caused by heavy rains and

flooding in April and May of 2017.

County Judge Sam Barr said the county

has received $305,804 from FEMA in

the last month and a half and he hopes

more is coming. He said the county sustained

more than $500,000 in damage.

Heavy rains battered the county on

consecutive weekends last April, damaging

roads and bridges and leading to

one death when a Eureka Springs woman

drowned while floating in Leatherwood


Barr said at the time that FEMA would

pay up to 75 percent of the repair bill,

with an additional 12.5 percent possibly

available through the Arkansas Department

of Emergency Management.

In other businesses Monday, justices

of the peace:

• Voted 11-0 to approve a supplemental

appropriation ordinance appropriating

$11,693.86 to upgrade the cameras

and audio system in the courtroom of

the Carroll County Western District

Courthouse in Eureka Springs.

• Voted 11-0 to approve an appropriation

ordinance appropriating $9,020

to the Carroll County Historical Courthouse

Fund. The money had been received

in a grant for the courthouse


• Voted 6-5 to reject a supplemental

appropriation ordinance appropriating

$32,000 to the county road department

for the purchase of a used pickup truck.

District 3 JP Lamont Richie spoke

against the ordinance.

“I think $32,000 for a used truck is

a lot of money when we can get a new

vehicle probably for less on a state bid

program,” Richie said.

Richie voted against the ordinance,

along with District 6 JP Craig Hicks,

District 7 JP Noreen Watson, District

8 JP Don McNeely, District 9 JP Roger

Hall and District 10 JP Larry Swofford.

Voting in favor of the ordinance were

District 1 JP Jack Deaton, District 2 JP

Chuck Olson, District 4 JP Marty Johnson,

District 5 JP Matt Phillips and District

11 JP John Howerton.

• Voted 11-0 to approve a supplemental

appropriation ordinance appropriating

$150,000 to the road department for

the purchase of a tri-axle dump truck.

Richie said the money was approved

by the budget and finance committees

before the county’s 2018 budget was

adopted but was inadvertently omitted

from the budget ordinance.

Before the court addressed its agenda

items, Richie told his colleagues that

Barr recently opened bids for upgrading

the camera system at the Carroll County

Detention Center. Richie said deficiencies

with the camera system have

been noted in the past four annual state

inspections at the jail and the quorum

court had previously authorized spending

up to $200,000 to address the situation.

Richie said the low bid for the

project came in at $197,000. He said the

state has approved the project, which he

called a “turnkey job” and jail administrator

Lt. Jerry Williams will oversee it.

In the portion of the meeting reserved

for JP comments, Richie said Carroll

County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson had

addressed the county budget and finance

committees earlier Monday about proposed

improvements to the courtroom

at the Eastern District Courthouse in

Berryville. Richie said Jackson would

like to replace the courtroom’s carpeting

with rubber-based laminate flooring

and repaint the courtroom.

“We told him that we would bring

this to the quorum court on an oral vote

to appropriate up to $10,000,” Richie

said, adding that Jackson believes the

cost might be less than that. He said the

Carroll County Bar Association might

replace the furniture in the courtroom

as well.

On a voice vote, JPs indicated unanimous

support. Richie said he will sponsor

a written appropriation ordinance at

an upcoming meeting.

Richie also said the Federal Aviation

Administration has given the county approval

to erect a 200-foot tower with a

12-foot antenna at the Carroll County

Detention Center as part of the transfer

of dispatch services from the eastern

district courthouse to the detention center.

He said the county is also looking

into a leasing a Carroll Electric tower

on Arkansas Highway 23 south of Eureka

Springs near Arkansas Highway 12.

“It’s making progress,” Richie said.

“It’s going to be a vastly improved system

over what we have.”

The quorum court’s next regular

meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday,

March 19, at the Carroll County Eastern

District Courthouse in Berryville.

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