County shop delayed again

Monday, November 17, 2014

After ice caused extensive damage to the county's shop building, Poinsett County Judge Charles Nix has been working to get the approval of the Quorum Court to build a new shop. However, the cost of the project is keeping the court from coming to an agreement.

Ken Stacks, architect for the project, presented the court with several adjustments to lower the cost of the basic shop building. The lowest bid on the project was $341,500, which several justices of the peace thought was still too high to approve.

Soon after Stacks was finished with his presentation, Justice Randy Jones made a motion to table the issue until January when a new judge is in office. His motion was seconded and voted on with a split vote of 5-for and 5-against, with one absent.

Nix decided to veto the issue until a new judge is in office.

"Personally, I think we are missing a good opportunity," Nix said.

In other business, Justice of the Peace Harold Blackwood updated the Quorum on an issue that occurred in the Oct. meeting. In the previous meeting, County Assessor Johnny Rye, Jr., had stated that the county drainage district increased taxes by 25% to keep maintenance up on levees. No increase had been levied in several years. Between Oct. and Nov. meetings, Blackwood sought the help of the Attorney General's office and the prosecuting attorney's office to check if the increase had to go before the voters. He said they would get back to him with an answer, which he will bring to the next Quorum Court meeting.

At the end of the meeting, Sheriff Larry Mills announced the Annual Chili Supper will be at 6 p.m. at the Detention Center on Nov. 18.

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