Senteney Rd. once again comes to Court's attention

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tribune Sports Staff

With Poinsett County Judge Doyle Hills absent with a case of pneumonia, the first meeting of the Quorum Court for 2008 began with the court appointing Justice John Sadler of Trumann to fill the roll of meeting moderator.

The two items took most of the court's attention, one concerned a petition presented by Susan Criner representing residents on and who use Senteney Road north of Greenfield. The second item was brought by Johnny Rye who introduced Page Kutait of Arkansas Mass Appraisal Corporation who will be helping the county in audit compliance.

"Last year in April we came before the court about Senteney Road," said Criner when she was recognized by Sadler. "We told the court how the road wouldn't hold gravel and how in places it had become extremely dangerous to everyone who travels one it."

Criner went on to explain that Hillis had advised her at the time that she needed to get the approval of all the land owners on the road so that the road could be widened and improved.

"I've got that approval now," continued Criner. "Judge Hillis said we had to get the okay from everyone for a 35 foot right of way. We got that and after Ritter Arnold looked at it, he gave the approval of 60 feet on his land."

There was additional discussion of the matter with Criner passing around pictures showing the condition of the road. She also pointed out that anytime gravel was applied to the road, it would be there only a short time before it was washed away and became nothing but slick mud.

She also said there were a number of other areas on the road in which only one vehicle could pass at a time.

"(State Representative) Buddy Lovell looked at the road and said there was some grant money which could be applied for," Criner said. "He said there is some funding there due to some bills that were passed recently."

"How much is something like this going to cost?" asked Justice Johnny Johnson, but then estimated the answer to the question. "We're talking over a million dollars in sure."

"Lovell said the money's there," Criner reminded him.

"Sometimes getting it is easier said than done," Johnson concluded.

"Why don't we get the county road committee to look at it," said Justice Elizabeth Schwarz.

With that suggestion, the court tabled the issue until the road committee could return with a recommendation concerning the road.

In the second main issue of the night, Rye after introducing Kutait told of how money was coming from the state earmarked for use in funding a reappraisal manager.

"We've never failed an audit," said Rye. "But the danger is there and that's what a reappraisal manager is for. We sent out bids and only got one back for $7,578.00 from Arkansas Mass Appraisal Corporation (AMAC)."

Kutait then told the court that a manager from his company would be on site for three days a month to guarantee the accuracy of the audit.

At the request of Justice Mary Ann Arnold, Rye explained that an auditor takes a sampling of the various appraisals done and checks these for accuracy. The size of the sampling depends on the size of the total assessments being checked. If when those samples are checked a pre-determined percentage of them (usually 5%) are found to be in error then the total assessments are also considered to be false.

In other business:

* A request for a 3% increase in the salary of the 2nd Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's secretary was tabled until the budget committee could look at the issue.

* It was agreed that a bill for $250. from the District Court for dues for Judge Steve Inboden would be divided between the county and cities.

* County Clerk announced that the city had received a court security grant for $3,333.33 to be used in making the county's facilities more secure.

* Agreed to let the Court's personnel committee address the Personnel Policy Manuel and what constitutes a full-time verses a part-time employee.

* The court approved $131,874.35 in appropriations and transfers..

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