The Fulton County Quorum Court met for a special session on Monday, Oct.26 to review the budget cuts made to the county general fund for the county to be able to finish out the year in the black and continue to operate in the black in 2010.
The only action taken was to delete a $600 raise from the Juvenile Courts office. The budgets will be reviewed again in two weeks at the regularly scheduled Quorum Court meeting.
In other court business, several grants for the Emergency Management Department were discussed. The first was an IECGP grant through the Homeland Security department. The grant, in the amount of $1,750, just needed Quorum Court approval for Emergency Management Director Darryl Zimmer to spend it. The motion was passed.
The second grant was in relation to the old nursing home building that the county hopes to renovate into a new jail facility. "We also have a GIF grant for renovations at the old nursing home, where we can get up to $50,000 to help us renovate that building," said Zimmer. "We just need a resolution stating that it's okay for us to apply for it through Arkansas Rural Development." A motion was made and passed for Zimmer to apply for the grant money. The court also appropriated $1,518.41 for Tri- County Recycling.
The last new business was brought up by a concerned county resident in regard to the county's Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Hazard Mitigation Plan is on file at the Emergency Management offices in the courthouse, and would allow the county to qualify for special mitigation funding.
A Ms. Greer addressed the court, expressing her dismay at the option in the plan for property acquisition along waterways within the county. "This is not a plan that county people would be happy with if they knew what it was really about," said Greer. "It will be about property acquisition around the creeks and rivers. Anything in the flood plain can be condemned. No one is compelled to sell, but their property will be worth nothing. "
The plan has been in the works for four years, and has been approved by FEMA and the State. "Our plan has been made and has been presented, it now has to be adopted by the county and the cities of the county before it goes into effect," said Zimmer.
The court members agreed to table the matter until the next scheduled meeting, to give members a chance to review the plan.