JPs make quick work of meeting

Thursday, August 27, 2020

By Scott Loftis

The Carroll County Quorum Court’s August meeting was delayed by a few days last week, but once it got started the meeting proceeded quickly.

The court met Friday afternoon at the Eastern District Courthouse in Berryville. The meeting originally was scheduled for Monday, Aug. 17, but was rescheduled because circuit proceedings in the courtroom ran long that day and there was not another venue available.

On Friday, the court needed less than 20 minutes to conduct its business.

Justices of the peace approved a resolution reappointing Robert Rokeby and Kevin Creedon to three-year year terms as commissioners of The Bluffs at Jackson Cove Subordinate Service District, approved a supplemental appropriation ordinance to appropriate $20,000 to the courthouse maintenance fund to install a split door with a glass partition and a speaker at the Western District Courthouse in Eureka Springs and make repairs to soffits at the courthouse annex in Berryville and approved a supplemental appropriation ordinance to appropriate $7,178.04 received from the Arkansas State Police to the county sheriff’s office for reimbursement of expenses incurred during extra speeding patrols.

During the portion of the meeting designated for JP comments, District 1 JP Jack Deaton said county officials recently toured the former Entergy building in Berryville as a possible site to relocate some county operations, including the county clerk’s office.

Deaton emphasized that no figures have been discussed. He said the building offers some possibilities for use by the county.

“I think it’s a prime location for us to expand, if we can get it in the budget to do so. It’s not just for the clerk; it’s going to be for voting, a place for people to have meetings. The quorum court will move over there. It has a lot of opportunities, if we can afford this. We don’t know whether we can afford it or not.”

Deaton noted that County Clerk Connie Doss had prepared a PowerPoint presentation including photos of the building and a description of some of the possible uses for it.

“The thing has possibilities, if it can be within our budget,” Deaton said.

Doss said she would email the PowerPoint file to the JPs, and Deaton said it would be on the agenda for the September meeting.

The quorum court’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in the courtroom of the Carroll County Eastern District Courthouse in Berryville.

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