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Mapping issue tabled

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Numbering homes makes it easier for emergency personnel to locate an address

Izard County has the capability to map itself, according to Izard County Office of Emergency Management Deputy Coordinator Josh Lung. Lung spoke to the quorum court June 6 about numbering houses throughout the county.

The purpose of the numbering is to make homes in the county easier to find for law enforcement and emergency personnel in the event of an emergency.

"The only thing this is doing is giving us physical addresses in the county," Lung said.

"We have the software. Finding the funds is a different thing," Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley said.

"House numbers within cities would not change. People in the county would have to change their numbers," Finley said.

Lung said the people in the rural areas of the county outside of city limits would benefit most from the proposed system. The rural areas would gain numbers whereas most of the towns have a numbering system in place for emergency services.

Lung said it would need to be enforced to make sure people would number their houses.

The quorum court tabled the issue to study other possible options. Finley said if the county decides to map the county they'd have to pass an ordinance.

Rodney Downing, a volunteer at Tri-County Recycling addressed the quorum court about funding for the recycling center in Ash Flat. Downing said Izard County gave $12,000 to the recycling center in 2005. This year $10,000 is budgeted by Izard County for the facility. Sharp County, where the recycling center is, cut funding to $3,000 in 2003, Downing said. Fulton County gave the facility $10,000 in 2005 but has not budgeted any money for 2006 yet.

The recycling center picks up cardboard from businesses in Izard County, including Dollar General. Calico Rock doesn't receive any service from the center; that city uses the recycling center in Stone County.

The center also recycles plastic, newspaper and magazines, Downing said.

"Calico and the surrounding area get nothing from this. The money is going out and we're getting nothing," JP George Hicks said.

"We need direction," Downing said. The recycling center currently has two trucks and three employees, Downing said.

Neil Olan of Melbourne told the quorum court he thought the counties should get together and give a dollar per capita. "We need people to organize distribution means," he said.

JP Clovis Vest said one of his constituents is having a problem with a contractor who worked on the sewer system in Melbourne. Clovis said the resident, a woman, has had a pile of gravel on her property since Feb. 27 and the contractor has done nothing about it.

"If we've got contractors who are taking contracts and not finishing then we ought to keep them from working in Izard County," Clovis said. He said he has received 80 complaints about contractors.

Art Jones of Baldwin asked Nanette Holt of Melbourne to read a letter for him. The letter, written by Charles H. Estes, Myrl Estes and John Estes, states that they have tried unsuccessfully to contact Finley three times by his cell phone about being unable to get to a cemetery where relatives of theirs were buried. They asked how the county can deny people access to a cemetery.

Holt said some old cemeteries in Izard County are being bulldozed by land developers along the White River. She said Ruddle Cemetery near Sylamore, where she has relatives buried, has had tombstones pushed over. She said two cemeteries near Calico Rock have been completely bulldozed.

Finley said the county is persuing the matter.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence went over the budget for the Sheriff's Office and the Izard County Detention Facility. He said with 42 percent of the year through, the sheriff's office has spent 37 percent of its budget, with fuel, oil and lubrication being a big portion of it.

The detention facility has used 38 percent of its funding through the year so far. Lawrence said salaries reflect most of the spending in that 38 percent. He said the sheriff's office has eliminated one position and optimized the schedule. "We should complete 2006 in good shape," he said.

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