Quorum court declares vacancy for justice spot

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Poinsett County Quorum Court had three new items of business on the agenda Monday.

The court heard the reading of a resolution declaring a vacancy in the office of justice of the peace for District #5 of Poinsett County. The position became vacant with the passing Gary Anderson. The resolution was to ask the governor to appoint a new person to the position. The resolution pass unanimously.

In other business, a resolution was also unanimously passed appointing five members to the Poinsett County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Those appointed, with length of terms, were: Rhonda Davis of Marked Tree, First Chairman Commissioner (five years); Pam Wright, Marked Tree, Commissioner (four years); Dale Dunlap, Lepanto, Commissioner (three years); Nacole Sweeney, Harrisburg, Commissioner (two years); and Nathan Pierce, Harrisburg, Commissioner, (one year). Appropriations and Transfers Ordinance 2017-09, with appropriations of $9,677.43 and transfers of $6,420.59 for a total of $16,098.02 was passed unanimously by the justices.

Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder asked the court if he could go ahead and proceed with renovations at the detention center. Molder said the monies would come out his automation fund. "We just like a little bit being finished, but if we don't do it now, we'll have to put the project off until next year," Molder said. The justices agreed for him to proceed with the project. Poinsett County Judge Bob Cantrell asked for and received permission to put out bids to have the steps refinished and doors replaced for the courthouse in preparation for its 100th anniversary celebration next year.

Cantrell also told the justices that plans are proceeding to put an elevator in the courthouse and that the work on the floodway bridges is set to begin in September. Molder also wanted those in attendance to know there will be Life Saving Award Ceremony at 2 p.m. Aug. 22 at the detention center.

The September meeting for the quorum court will be held at the Poinsett County Detention Center due to annex building being set up for upcoming elections.

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