Passing the 2010 budget, applying for a grant to upgrade the heating and air conditioning system in the Sharp County Courthouse and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) recent visit to Sharp County were the main topics of discussion at the Nov. 16 Sharp County Quorum Court meeting.
Following questions about reports, Sharp County Judge Larry Brown said representatives with FEMA had looked at three spots within the county and said the county qualified as a disaster area. He said they are currently surveying the damage from the Oct. 30 flooding that damaged numerous bridges and bridge approaches, as well as roads in the county. Brown said it looks like the county has about $1.5 million in damages and could be reimbursed for 75 percent of the expense by the federal government and another 12.5 percent from the state.
In other business, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver informed members of the quorum court that the county's 9-1-1 system is now reading cell phone numbers, where before the system only picked up land based phone line numbers.
Members of the court voted unanimously to authorize Brown to apply for a grant through the Arkansas Department of Rural Development for replacing the heating and air unit in the courthouse.
The Sharp County Quorum Court passed the 2010 budget during their meeting. After members of the court voted to approve the budget, Sharp County Judge Larry Brown said everyone worked hard on it and he said they all came together and he appreciated their effort. The 2010 budget was passed with no millage increases.