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WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – The first female county judge in Lawrence County’s history presided over her first Quorum Court meeting Monday night.
Quroum Court members heard a progress update on the shooting range and very little remains before the public can enjoy the range. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission needs to inspect the range one more time. The group formed a committee to work on guidelines for the use of the shooting range. The committee, which includes a great deal of law enforcement experience, includes Kenny Jones, Lloyd Clark, Pardoe Roberts and Sheriff Jeff Yates.
A budget committee was established, with all JPs invited to meet as a committee at 3 p.m. on the Oct. 18 and Oct. 20 to go over the 2017 budget.
While Lawrence County is set to get a brand new, state of the art jail in 2018, the old jail area in the county courthouse will need some type of use. Circuit Judge Adam Weeks appeared before the meeting and suggested a small courtroom be built. According to the minutes of the meeting, from Clerk Tina Stowers, Weeks said several other judges have expressed support for the idea.
Regarding the new jail, Treasurer Marilyn Crafton gave a report on the jail fund, how much money is coming in and how much is being spent on the new jails.
A tax back program for American Silica was discussed. This would be for them to get the sales tax back for purchases made building their facility in the county. Nothing was done except for discussion, but research will be performed on the matter.
The court passed an ordinance approving the lease of two Caterpillar motor graders. The county was expected to have both by the end of Tuesday.
The court also agreed to purchase an ad in the Ozark Tourism Council Magazine.
Justice Junior Briner informed the court the Rails to Trails project has received another grant, for $71,000. It is expected this will complete or help nearly complete the Rails to Trails project.