The Sharp County Quorum Court met in regular monthly session on Dec. 19 in Ash Flat to discuss a variety of topics.
The Sharp County Extension office and 4-H provided refreshments before the meeting.
Under old business, the court discussed the requirement to "publish ordinances in a newspaper of general circulation in the county." According to the legal statute, if no newspaper of general circulation exits in a county, publication may be made by posting in three public places. Since there is more than one newspaper with circulation in Sharp county, it was decided to ask the county attorney what is meant by general circulation, and if the county could meet the publishing requirement by posting in three public places.
Ordinance 2011-15, a year end cleanup ordinance moving money around in the various budgets, was adopted by a unanimous vote.
Ordinance 2011-16 was unanimously adopted, modifying the current salary schedule to reflect actual pay practice in the Sheriff 's Department.
Under new business, it was decided to schedule the January meeting on Jan. 17. Several key personnel were going to be out of the country on mission work on Jan. 9, the regular meeting date. Since Jan. 16 is a holiday, the meeting was moved to Tuesday.
Brown also discussed some of the events of 2011, including Sharp County being declared a Federal Disaster area in the spring.
He said FEMA estimated damages of more than $2 million due to spring flooding. The county will receive over $1.5 million from FEMA and, when all work is completed, it will receive another $250,000.
During year, the county completed a bridge on Mockingbird Road, installed box culverts on Gilbreath Road, Hars Creek Road, Mimosa Road, and Puckett Road.
Work was also completed on the two bridges on Strawberry River Road. These bridges were federal aid projects. The cost to the county was only two-percent.
Brown said the county has received grant approval for bridges on Bear Creek Road and Wilson Well Road. Those bridges will be built by contractors.
"Hopefully, construction will start in early 2012. We are waiting on paperwork from the engineers, Corps of Engineers, and ADEQ. The county will be responsible for removing the old bridges, building approaches and installing guard rails," Brown said.
In connection with the 2011 flood, the county will be constructing bridges on Needmoore Road, Sandhole Road, and rebuilding a low water bridge and its approaches on Banks Road. Sharp County is currently waiting on paper work from FEMA before crews can begin work on the projects.
During 2011, the county also purchased and paid for over $700,000 worth of equipment. Purchases included three new road graders, a used dump truck, a new low boy trailer, a tractor to pull the lowboy, a new tire changer, a bushog, and a welder.