Izard County Quorum Court joined other counties in passing a resolution April 4 urging the Arkansas Congressional Delegation to support the reinstatement of Byrne Grant funding at its April 4.
The grant money is used by local and county governments to fund drug task forces around the country. Without it, the task force would be a thing of the past, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. "It will go away unless some alternative to finance it comes about," he said.
Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley said funding for the grant, most of which is federal, was reduced by 35 percent in 2005 and in 2006 will be reduced an additional 47 percent.
The resolution is backed by the Arkansas Sheriffs Association, which has sent letters to all other counties in Arkansas as well. They will take the resolutions from the county governments to the Arkansas congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.
The Quorum Court is also in the process of applying for a grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The grant would go towards fixing the heating and air system in the Izard County Courthouse which has had problems. Finley said the courthouse is still heated by burning wood. He said he thought it would take approximately $198,000 for a new system and that he would file for the whole amount.
Willene Bray received a plaque to honor her service on the Izard County Emergency Management Service board. She had been on the board since it started in the 1980s, Finley said. Bray is a former president of the board who stepped down earlier this year.