The Fulton County Quorum Court meeting May 12 focused on the mold dilemma that recently weighed on the county. Since the meeting, new information has lifted pressure from the county and a timely and cost friendly resolution has been reached. The court discussed the dire impact the mold could have had.
Exact cost quoted to the county would have been $32,000 for the jail area, the sheriff's office, $11,400, and the judge's chambers, the second floor courtroom and stairway $92,000. "That is just an abatement. That is just taking all the walls and everything apart in two-by-two squares. That is not putting anything back," Willett said.
The court was prepared to start receiving bids on the restoration project.
The concept that it may be more cost effective for Fulton County to keep prisoners at the Izard County facility was also discussed. "We have 11 jailers, eight full-time and three part-time," Willett said. Further discussion noted that relocating prisoners would also lift liability issues. "I don't want anyone to loose their job," Willett said. "But at $300,000-400,000 a year, we have to look at what is best for the county," Willett said.
The jailers' employment is secure after Willett and Darrell Zimmer, Fulton County Office of Emergency Services manager, sought alternative solutions May 14. They spoke with Arkansas State Health officials who said the previously recommended course of action was not necessary.
In other business, the court approved the appropriation of $5,227 for the sports complex project and workman's comp for a county employee.
Fulton County employees who have sick days in the bank can now volunteer them to another employee who has zeroed-out their sick days. The court agreed the cost to the county would be the same either way.