The Poinsett County Quorum Court accepted the 2013 budget plan at the December monthly meeting. The new budget plan had little to no changes. Poinsett County Judge Charles Nix said that the goal was to make sure they were able to do the budget without touching the reserve money.
Judge Nix also commended the elected officials for cutting budgets and working hard to all work together.
"I can't say enough about all of the officials," he said. "One thing everyone had to do was work with the budget."
In other business, the court accepted a resolution to appoint Jamie Wright to serve as the Poinsett County representative for the East Arkansas Regional Planning Partnership. The East Arkansas Planning and Development District is a nonprofit regional planning and development agency whose purpose is to promote and support the economic development of the region.
As a representative, Wright will work with the Partnership Consortium which consists of representation from each of the 12 counties in East Arkansas. According to the resolution, the role of this partnership is to oversee a regional planning process designed to integrate housing, land use, economic development, transportation and infrastructure investments into an overall regional plan serving east Arkansas for the next 20 years.
The court also recognized Johnny Johnson for nine years of dedicated service to the Poinsett County Quorum Court, as well as, John Saddler for 26 years of dedication.
"He has served on the court since 1987, and he deserves gratitude and appreciation from the public," said Judge Nix. Saddler said that it has been all for himself, because he has enjoyed every minute of it.