Quorum court approves money for courthouse work

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The agenda was light as the monthly Poinsett Quorum Court meeting Monday at the annex building in Harrisburg.

First on the agenda was a resolution for the quorum court to endorse Greenfield Brown Rice Co., LLC, to allow them to participate in the tax back program. The justices passed the resolution and it went into effect immediately.

The court also heard an update on the chiller at the detention center. Poinsett County Judge Bob Cantrell told the group that Service Solutions out of Sheridan came in and did repairs that had the chiller running normal again. Judge Cantrell said this will allow the county to set up a fund to raise money for a new chiller in the future. "We spent a little over $18,000 in repairs to keep the county from having to pay $266,000 for a whole new system at this time," Cantrell said. The county will also have the company do maintenance on the unit at a cost of $17,856 a year to be paid quarterly.

Judge Cantrell also asked the court to appropriate some money so the work around the courthouse can be completed. The courthouse will be 100 years old in 2018, and Cantrell is working to get the building looking like a courthouse should before that special anniversary. Needing $35,000 to complete the project, the court asked if there was any area that needed immediate attention. "The sidewalks are about half done, and there is a about a five inch drop-off where the work has stopped," Cantrell said. Cantrell told the group that it will cost $18,750 to complete the sidewalks, and the justices approved that amount and tabled the need for the remaining money until the September meeting.

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