Quorum Court worried about condition of courthouse

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Poinsett County Quorum Court held their monthly meeting this past Monday at the Annex Building in Harrisburg. The condition of the county courthouse was the main issue discussed.

After a brief discussion about the tour of the county detention center, the focus turned quickly to the county courthouse. Justice J.C. Carter of Marked Tree said he was unhappy about the condition of some of the offices in the courthouse and that things need to be fixed. County Judge Bob Cantrell told the court that the courthouse in on the Historic Register, and the Historical Society has final say to any changes that are needed. "They won't allow very much to be done to the building, especially to the outside," Cantrell said. Carter replied, "If we don't get the okay to fix the problems that are there now, we may be needing to build a new courthouse in the next three or four years." Several other justices voiced their concerns about problems at the courthouse also. "Until the society gives the okay, our hands are tied as to what we can do," Cantrell said.

In new business, an appropriations and transfers ordinance was passed, making two inter-fund transfers totaling $11,900 to the Sheriff's Fund for maintenance and service contracts. The justices also passed a resolution approving a contract between the Poinsett County Health Department and the City of Trumann, outlining the use of a building located at 1204 W. Main Street in Trumann.

Before the discussion about the courthouse, the justices talked briefly about their tour of the detention center and some issues that need to be addressed. New metal cabinets are going to be made to replace the existing wooden cabinets, and some wiring needs to be sorted out, labeled, and put into wire trays. Judge Cantrell told the court that packets have been sent out to accept bids on replacing the 170 ton chiller at the center. The new chiller, installed, will cost approximately $100,000.

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