Jerry Smith with the Delta Center at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro gave a brief presentation on the importance of economic development as a collaborative effort from city leaders in Sharp County.
Smith explained that each town will have something unique to bring to the planning and invited members of all incorporated towns in the county to a joint meeting to be held at the Sharp County Courthouse on May 7 to discuss potential ideas and plans for further economic development in the county.
Stewart Noland with Crist Engineering also gave an in-depth report regarding the potential natural gas system for the county.
Judge Brown was very pleased with the number of community service hours worked during the month of March. A total of 2,349 hours were dedicated to community service by those working to pay off fines.
In addition to these great prospects for development in Sharp County, the court adopted Resolution 2009-1. This resolution was approved for the county to participate in "natural hazard mitigation and work to becoming a safer community."
The resolution was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Agency (ADAM).
It was designed to help communities to be proactive in an effort to attempt to be "disaster resistant." The goal of this resolution is to be better prepared for natural disasters and to formulate ways in which to restore the communities affected by potential disasters to the condition the respective city was in prior to the disaster in a more organized fashion.
By approving and participating in Resolution 2009-1, Sharp County will be eligible for post disaster funds.
Also on the agenda was Ordinance 2009-6, which was to set the salary of the Sharp County hot check coordinator at a rate not greater than $25,000 yearly. This salary is to be paid by fees that are from the recovery of hot checks in the prosecutor's office.