On Thursday, the Quorum Court met to discuss April business. County Judge Jerry Holmes informed JPs that the County was going to start cracking down on thefts of 911 emergency street signs around the county. According to Holmes, the county has had to replace 161 missing or stolen signs around the county at a cost of $10-$20 for a small sign and $40-$50 for a large sign. Street signs with unique names have been especially vulnerable to theft. Working in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office, the county has been placing hidden cameras to monitor certain areas where theft of signs has been common. Because these street signs are an integral part of 911 emergency services, Holmes informed the court that thefts will be taken seriously and anyone caught stealing one of these street signs will be arrested and fully prosecuted.
Economic Developer Dara Samuel gave her monthly update to Court members. The proposal to move the Northcentral Arkansas District Fair to Heber Springs has been placed in interim study in the legislature. She also gave updates on her meetings with local manufacturers and her continued efforts to reignite Cleburne County’s stagnating tourism industry.
In other Court business, the Court approved a resolution authorizing Judge Holmes to apply for a grant on behalf of the Cleburne County Fair Association. This grant would be used for the county’s continued efforts to improve and enhance the Cleburne County Fair. The Court also approved a mutual aid agreement with the Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management and reappointed Nancy Morman to another 3-year term on the Equalization Board.
Beginning next month, the Cleburne County Quorum Court will no longer meet in the County Judge’s Office on 3rd and Main. The Court approved an ordinance which formally changed the meeting place to the Cleburne County District Court Courtroom in the new County Court Building at 922 South 9th St. Meeting times will still be at 6pm every second Thursday of the month.