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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Quorum Court goes forward with vehicle policy

  • Justices of the Peace discussed the vehicle policy during the regular meeting of the Cleburne County Quorum Court September 10. A motion passed unanimously to accept the vehicle policy with the addition that a milage log is required by those who drive county vehicles.
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  • Justices of the Peace discussed the vehicle policy during the regular meeting of the Cleburne County Quorum Court September 10. A motion passed unanimously to accept the vehicle policy with the addition that a milage log is required by those who drive county vehicles.
    In other business, United Daughters of the Confederacy members Alice George and Diane Hall spoke to the Justices about placing a Civil War monument on the Courthouse lawn.
    According to George, the UDC has a grant for $1000 to go toward the marker and the UDC would come up with the rest.
    A motion passed unanimously to allow the marker to go up on the Courthouse lawn.
    Due to an error in the wording, the ordinance to appropriate the funds for the audio/visual system for the new courtroom at the last meeting had to be removed. Justices received an amendment to the ordinance to appropriate the funds and passed it unanimously.
    During a special meeting held August 21, Justice of the Peace Phil Grace asked for an ordinance be drafted and brought to the next meeting regarding the per diem payment the Justices receive for attending the meetings. When it came time to discuss the ordinance, he asked that the ordinance be passed to the budget committee. Justice Sam Henegar told the members that he had researched the neighboring counties and the state to see how Cleburne County faired with the rest of the state. According to Henegar the county wasn't far off from their neighbors but were paid a bit more.
    Both Grace and Henegar also asked the other Justices for a procedural ordinance to be brought to the meetings at the beginning of each year setting the day and time of meetings and the per diem pay.
    Justices discussed setting committee limits, such as a JP only being on one or two committees a year, and maybe paying less for special meetings. A motion was made to submit the ordinance to the budget committee passed with six yes votes, four no votes and one vote to abstain.
    Cleburne County Collector Kathy White approached the Justices with a request for overtime pay for her employees. According to White, the collector's office can't keep up with the assessor's office to take care of the mineral parcels and keep up with their regular work. There are 38,000 parcels with every landowner in each section getting a new parcel with each new well. The parcels have essentially doubled.
    White is asking for $8000 for overtime pay with an increase of $612 for Social Security and $1140 for retirement fund.
    An ordinance should be available at the next meeting to approve or deny the overtime.
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