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Sharp County passes contract labor, flood plain ordinances

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Two ordinances were passed at the Sharp County Quorum Court's July meeting.

Judge Larry Brown explained the city's need to pass an ordinance to allow county employees to work as contract labor, and to appove a retroactive action by former Sheriff Dale Weaver.

Brown explained the city was written up in a previous audit for an invoice where the former sheriff utlized his brother's auto repair business for an engine repair.

At the time of the repair, Weaver was not aware of a statute that requires the quorum court's approval of county employee's doing business with members of their family.

Since Weaver is no longer serving as sheriff, this ordinance is retroactive, but must be passed in order for the county to be in compliance.

The ordinance was also passed to address contract labor. Cecilia Mullins and Tracy Ladd, librarians with the Hardy and Williford libraries, are paid to clean the libraries after their normal working hours.

The ordinance allows the county to have the county employees work as contract laborers after normally designated working hours.

Another ordinance passed by the court was an update to a former ordinance, establishing a flood damage prevention program for the county.

With a newly revised flood plain, the ordinance will allow additional persons to obtain flood insurance.

Brown explained that, in order for the county to receive FEMA funding in the event of flooding or other disasters, the county must enact the ordinance by September 16.

Currently, the county is under a similar ordiance, but the revised one includes the county's newest flood plain revision.

County flood plain administrator Kathy Nix told the court people have requested more economical insurance rates, which result from the county redrawing the flood plains.

All justices, with the exception of Bart Schulz and Everett McGuire, voted to pass the ordinance.

Schultz's main concern was that he would like to see a visual represntation of the map prior to voting on the ordinance, yet was not opposed to the ordinance overall.

The Sharp County Quorum Court meets the second Monday of each month in the Sharp County Courthouse at 6 p.m.

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