Quo­rum Court ap­proves SRO fund­ing, park ap­pli­ca­tion

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

The Sa­line County Quo­rum Court, dur­ing a reg­u­lar meet­ing Mon­day, ap­proved fund­ing for a school re­source of­fi­cer po­si­tion, as well as ap­prov­ing a res­o­lu­tion in­volv­ing a grant for the Paron com­mu­nity.

Be­gin­ning Aug. 12, the Sa­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice will pro­vide a school re­source of­fi­cer for the Har­mony

Grove School Dis­trict.

In an or­di­nance in­volv­ing the SRO po­si­tion, the court ap­proved an ap­pro­pri­a­tion of $16,901.

As part of the part­ner­ship between the dis­trict and the county, the school dis­trict will re­im­burse all ap­pro­pri­ated ex­penses for the po­si­tion.

The Haskell Po­lice Depart­ment will no longer pro­vide a school re­source of­fi­cer for the dis­trict. With this ap­proval, the SCSO now pro­vides SROS for three school dis­tricts, ac­cord­ing SCSO Lt. Daniel Dod­son.

The Jus­tices of the Peace ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the county to ap­ply for a FUN Park grant through the Arkansas Depart­ment of Parks and Tourism to de­velop a park in the Paron com­mu­nity.

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.

The county is the spon­sor that has to make the ap­plica

tion for the grant, but the Paron Com­mu­nity Trust will be pro­vid­ing land, ac­cord­ing to Sa­line County Judge Jeff Arey.

The court ap­proved an or­di­nance to ap­pro­pri­ate $1,000 for part-time help at the Of­fice of Emer­gency Man­age­ment and an or­di­nance in­volv­ing a court se­cu­rity grant of $4358.91.

The JPS also ap­proved an or­di­nance ap­pro­pri­at­ing $14,937.50 from the Dis­trict Court Au­to­ma­tion Fund.

The funds will be used for “court-re­lated tech­nol­ogy,” ac­cord­ing to the ap­proved or­di­nance.

The court voted to reap­point Matt Nal­ley and Randy

Ives to the Sa­line County Plan­ning Board, as well as reap­point­ing Terry Ni­chols to the Tur­tle Creek Sub­or­di­nate Fire Im­prove­ment Dis­trict.

With Linda Ed­wards’ term on the Sa­line County Pub­lic Li­brary Board set to ex­pire June 30, the JPS voted to ap­point Lind­sey Jor­dan to the board.

An or­di­nance the court was sched­uled to discuss re­gard­ing an amend­ment to the county’s per­son­nel pol­icy was re­moved from the agenda by the item’s spon­sor, JP Josh Curtis, ac­cord­ing to Arey.

The next meet­ing of the court is sched­uled to take place July 15 at the Herzfeld Li­brary in Benton.

All meet­ings of the court are open to the pub­lic and the com­mu­nity is en­cour­age to at­tend.

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