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County Judge’s Report

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Let me start this week by saying that the death of Monticello Mayor Allen Maxwell is a tremendous loss to the city. The mayor and I may not have agreed on everything, but I respected him as a smart, tough leader who had the best interests of the city at heart. Mayor Maxwell worked hard to improve Monticello, whether it was overseeing the construction of the new fire station and rebuilding of the Sadie Johnson Community Center, developing a plan to replace worn-out water lines, recruiting business and industry, promoting the city or even negotiating a deal to get severe weather warning sirens and the Code Red system in place. He was a committed, dedicated public servant who had a vision for improving Monticello, both in the mayor’s office and previously as a state representative and staffer for former Congressman Jay Dickey. We will all feel his loss. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.
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County Judge’s Report

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

We had our regular quorum court meeting last Monday night, and at it, we discussed the possibility of implementing the Code Red emergency warning system for the county instead of tornado sirens. Code Red, a newer technology, would allow us to notify everyone of weather emergencies via either landline, cell phone or e-mail, not just those within hearing distance of the sirens. The Code Red system is less expensive than the sirens, and could be used for other situations in addition to bad weather, including such things as Amber and Silver Alerts, power outages, road closures, hazardous material spills, burn bans or any number of other situations. The cost would be 68 cents per county resident per year. We had some serious concerns about meeting the siren grant criteria and begin to look at our options. We are still studying the matter and gathering information, but we should be making a decision and moving forward in a few weeks.
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County Judge ‘s Report

Friday, January 17th, 2014

We began last week by picking up the office building we had purchased through federal surplus in Little Rock. I am very pleased about this. We got the building, which has a bathroom, light fixtures, wiring and insulation, for only $3,000. We plan to use it at the landfill, where it will replace the worn-out FEMA trailer that was not quite meeting the ADEQ’s standards. I had my standard Monday-morning meeting at the road department, and performed a marriage ceremony. I also met with (more…)

County Judge’s Report

Monday, January 6th, 2014

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

On Sunday, Dec. 22, I got out and drove the northwest portion of the county, removing a number of limbs and pieces of debris from the roadsides following the big rain on Saturday. I also checked for washouts as I went.

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County Judges Report

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

There were two or three days last week where I spent the majority of the day in the courthouse, doing things such as reviewing and signing claims, working on 2014 budgets with various department heads, and tending to various other pieces of county business. Monday was one of those days, although I started it out as usual at the road department, where we had a really good meeting to kick off the week.

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County Judge’s Report

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

I’d like to start off this week’s column by encouraging all veterans in Drew County to stop by the courthouse and register with us. Our County Veterans Service Officer, Sue Harper, has been looking at some data and believes the number of veterans in the county is under-reported. She is attempting to compile a more accurate list, which could help the county qualify for more federal resources and benefits for those who have served. Please spread the word to any veterans you may know and have them stop by and visit with Sue. Her office is located on the ground floor of the courthouse and she is open all day Tuesdays and Wednesday. She can also be contacted at 460-6290.

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County Judge’s Report

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Last week was one of the busiest ones I have had since I took office. After our regular early morning meeting at the road department Monday, I attended the quarterly meeting of the Southeast Arkansas Regional Library Board. At noon, I attended the regular monthly meeting of the Drew Memorial Hospital finance committee, and that evening, we had our quorum court meeting. I thought it went very well, and that the court made some good decisions that will help the county in the future.

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County Judge’s Report

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Last week was a wild one! It started off normally but got very exciting – too exciting – before it was over. I began the week, as always, with a meeting at the road department, then took care of some courthouse business during the day. That evening, we had our regular quorum court meeting.

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County Judge’s Report

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

On Monday of last week, I started out as usual at the road department, then met with some John Deere representatives to discuss purchasing some mowers. Later, I attended the Drew Memorial Hospital finance committee meeting. I also performed a wedding.

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County Judge’s Report

Monday, August 12th, 2013

We have started working on the mold issue on a number of fronts. The Cooperative Extension Service office has been temporarily relocated to the ag building on the UAM campus, and the carpet in those rooms has been removed. New flooring should be installed very soon.

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County Judge’s Report

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

This week started off just a little different. Instead of meeting at the shop first thing Monday morning, we all went out to Barkada Road around 6 a.m. and evaluated what all needed to be done as we rebuild and chip-and-seal the west end of the road. The rest of the day Monday was taken up by paperwork.

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County Judge’s Report

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

I want to start out this week by thanking the voters who turned out last Tuesday to continue the county’s one-cent road tax for an additional six years. With their votes, they gave the quorum court flexibility to appropriate up to 25 percent of the tax revenue to meet other needs of the county. This will help us tremendously and keep us from having to spend all the county’s reserve funds. It also means the quorum court won’t be forced to consider a millage increase, which would have hit property owners hard. New money from the statewide half-cent highway tax approved by voters in November began being collected July 1 and will soon begin making its way into Drew County. This money can only be used for materials and equipment, so roughly the same amount will be available for county road work.

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