QC makes quick work of brief agenda

Updated: September 16, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

The Little River County Quorum Court held its monthly meeting on Monday at the Little River County Annex Building.

Following prayer by Little River County Judge Mike Cranford and the Pledge of Allegiance, the Court approved the minutes of the August meeting as well as the treasurer’s report.

The Court then approved Ordinance #0-2018-9 which appropriated money from one account to another.

Sheriff Bobby Walraven told the Court that the recent draw down benefitting the Little River County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Fund was very successful with nearly $5,000 raised.

Walraven also stated that Little River County was one of a few counties in the state to be selected for a cost study.

Vickie Williamson, director of the Little River Economic Development Commission, addressed the Court about a community survey in Little River County to be used to help make plans for development, assist county leaders as they make decisions, and identify priorities.

Little River County Extension Agent Sherry Beaty-Sullivan told the Court about an upcoming workshop for area pecan growers and enthusiasts on Thursday, September 13, 2018. The meeting, co-hosted by the Miller County Extension Office, will be held on the UA-Cossatot Campus at Ashdown in the Millwood Room which is located on the backside of the college.

Cranford reported that work on LR 23 has been stalled due to weather as had chip seal projects that had been scheduled for the month.

Cranford state the October 19 is the deadline for engineers to submit final plans and specifications for approval by Arkansas Historic Preservation Program staff concerning the courthouse columns.

Cranford also reported that courthouse security cameras and equipment has been installed and is 100 percent operational. He added that the system cost just under $22,000 with $15,000 coming from a grant from Administrative Office of the Courts. The remainder came from CMRS budget.

Cranford also reported that during August the County Road Department hauled 281 loads to 14 county roads and other various locations including:

– 49 loads to the storage site

– 18 loads of dirt to the Transfer Station

– 3 loads of sand to the Fair Barn

– 94,000 gallons of water from R.D.A.

– 13 loads of trash from CR 1 to the storage sight

Cranford also reported the Road Department had bush hogged nine county roads and mowed three county roads. Also, seven culverts had been installed.

Also during August, the Road Department reset and installed various signs on 14 county roads and removed trees from 12 county roads. Graders cut ditches and spread gravel on three county roads and also spread asphalt to patch holes on seven county roads. Pot holes were also repaired on eight county roads.

Following the Judge’s report, JP Billy Bob Pounds addressed changing the time that the Court meets from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the second Monday of each month.

JP Charles Henderson stated that the Court in the past had met at different times and that the meetings had better attendance at the current set time.

Pounds made a motion to change the time for Court meetings from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the second Monday of each month. JP Al Austin seconded the motion. The motion failed 6-2.

With no further business before the Court, the meeting was adjourned.