JPS to con­sider grant funds for Paron park

The Saline Courier Weekend - - NEWS - By Dana Guthrie

The Sa­line County Quo­rum Court will con­sider ap­ply­ing for grant fund­ing to pro­vide a park for the Paron com­mu­nity dur­ing its meet­ing Mon­day.

If ap­proved, the res­o­lu­tion will al­low the county to ap­ply for FUN Park grant funds through the Arkansas Depart­ment of Parks and Tourism to de­velop the park.

Ac­cord­ing to the ADPT, FUN Park grants pro­vide up to $50,000 in fund­ing to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties with pop­u­la­tions of 2,500 or less and un­in­cor­po­rated com­mu­ni­ties spon­sored by their county gov­ern­ment. The funds are avail­able for the de­vel­op­ment of open-air, out­door recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties, but do not cover pools or splash pads. FUN Park grants do not re­quire match­ing funds from the ap­pli­cants.

If the grant is ap­proved for the park de­vel­op­ment, the county must pro­vide land by lease or own­er­ship to de­velop the fa­cil­i­ties and agree to main­tain the park and fa­cil­i­ties for a pe­riod of 25 years.

The Jus­tices of the Peace will also con­sider an ap­pro­pri­a­tion or­di­nance that will fund a school re­source of­fi­cer for the Har­mony Grove School Dis­trict.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­di­nance, the dis­trict and the Sa­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice have en­tered into an agree­ment that will pro­vide the SRO. The start­ing date for the of­fi­cer will be Aug. 12.

The to­tal amount of the ap­pro­pri­a­tion will be $32,645. The or­di­nance also states that all ap­pro­pri­ated ex­penses of the po­si­tion will be re­im­bursed by the school dis­trict and that the po­si­tion will only last as long as re­im­burse­ment is re­ceived.

Other items on the agenda in­clude:

•An ap­pro­pri­a­tion or­di­nance trans­fer­ring county gen­eral funds in or­der to fund part-time help for the Of­fice of Emer­gency Man­age­ment.

•An ap­pro­pri­a­tion or­di­nance trans­fer­ring Sa­line County Dis­trict Court Au­to­ma­tion funds in or­der to cover the costs of dis­trict court-re­lated tech­nol­ogy.

•An ap­pro­pri­a­tion or­di­nance con­cern­ing se­cu­rity grant funds for 2019.

•An or­di­nance amend­ing the Sa­line County Per­son­nel Pol­icy con­cern­ing state­ment of earn­ings in­for­ma­tion.

•The re-ap­point­ment of Terry Ni­chols to the Board for the Tur­tle Creek Sub­or­di­nate Fire Im­prove­ment Dis­trict.

•The ap­point­ment of Lindsey Jor­dan to the Sa­line County Pub­lic Li­brary Board. If ap­proved, Jor­dan will re­place Linda Ed­wards whose term ex­pires on June 30.

•The re-ap­point­ments of Matt Nal­ley and Adam Wor­ford to the Sa­line County Plan­ning Board.

The com­mit­tee will meet in Court­room 1 at the Sa­line County Court­house, lo­cated at 200 N. Main St. in Down­town Ben­ton.

The meet­ing will be­gin at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the pub­lic.

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