During the Ash Flat Quorum Court meeting Sept. 8, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver reported to the board that he had collected more delinquent fines than the county had anticipated.
During the Sharp County Quorum Court meeting held Sept. 8 the board announced that fuel and other costs have been helped due to the fines collected.
The sheriff's department requested the board approve a budget increase of $48,530; $30,000 for fuel costs and the additional $18,530 for use toward medical bills.
Sheriff Weaver informed the board the money for medical will be applied to the balance still owed from former inmate, Brian Lashley, who in February became ill and later died at the medical center while in the county's custody.
"We are hoping what I put out there (the amount requested for fuel costs) will get us through the rest of the year." Weaver said. "We already went over budget this year but as long as prices (fuel) stay about where they are maybe we can come in a little under budget." Weaver went on to explain to the board, "My deputies go about 100 miles a day which is not excessive for a deputy, but they have been told to keep it limited and go when necessary."
County Clerk Alisa Black requested a budget increase for advertising. Black explained to the board that while she was under the impression that only ordinances involving an increase had to be published, she found out all ordinances have to be published. This change Black explained will require more money to publish the ordinances. All budget increases were approved.
Sharp County Judge Joe Brown asked for approval to apply for two 100 percent grants. One would be for $10,000 and would be used to build more exhibit space at the Sharp County fair grounds.
Brown also requested approval to apply for a $20,000 grant to help restore the Fairview Community Building. Brown informed the board of the building's historical background and told them he would like to see it preserved. The board approved both grant applications.