Izard County Quorum Court adopts ordinances

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Izard County Quorum Court held its regular meeting Dec. 3.

Following the passage of minutes from the previous meeting, the court moved on to new business beginning with Ordinance 2019-6.

An ordinance levying the school taxes, county taxes and municipal taxes for the year 2019 to be collected in 2020 was created. Once the ordinance had been read, the court voted to pass the ordinance.

A second ordinance, Ordinance 2019-7 was also discussed by the court.

“This ordinance is for a new fund we’re creating in the county to keep up with this extra fuel prices,” Judge Eric Smith said. “The state wants us to keep up with it.”

The ordinance to establish the additional motor fuel tax fund (Act 416 of 2019) and to declare an emergency was also created.

The ordinance cited a need to establish a fund on the books of the county treasurer as a sub fund of the County Road Fund to track the revenue and expenditure of the wholesale tax on gasoline and diesel.

An emergency clause was included in the ordinance which placed the ordinance in effect following its passage.

The third ordinance, 2019-8, an ordinance to establish the annual operation budget for the calendar year 2020 was also read.

“Most of ya’ll came to the meeting, we’ve had one or two without everybody here but the only thing that changed was the Calico Rock Museum and that’s for some money last year. We didn’t think about it this year when we were doing the budget but it’s for $4,000 we’ve added.” Budget committee chairman John David Miller said. “We’ve all worked hard and I’d like to thank all the county officials. They’ve all worked hard. We were able to give raises this year and I was glad we were able to do that. There have been years we weren’t able to. We do have an eight percent increase in our insurance but we do have a little cushion and it is budgeted.”

Following his comments, the ordinance was read and passed by the court.

Under updates, Smith provided a roads update to the court and those present at the meeting.

“It’s been a slow month due to several people on vacation, rainy weather, holidays and the ones that are there. The state inspects our bridges and gives us recommendations on what to do with them. The metal bridges we go down and weld on them, clean out culverts and we’ve been staying busy with putting up signs and getting a list of signs to be ordered after the first of the year because there are several still missing,” Smith said.

A brief update was given concerning a road on which several hundred gallons of what was believed to be used motor oil had been dumped.

Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Gary Dickerson said the road crew traveled to the scene and began quickly placing berms as well as hay and straw to try to soak up as much oil as possible. Weather played a factor in making the task increasingly difficult and ultimately, the state was contacted and is looking into the issue.

Smith said there was no old business, however; he was still working on a roads ordinance and would likely present in January.

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