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County Judge’s Report

Friday, August 21st, 2015

It’s still hot, and the humidity is back, so I want to remind everybody to take all the necessary precautions for being out in it. It’s been a while since it rained, but as of Tuesday night, we are NOT under a burn ban. However, if we don’t have a significant amount of rain over most of the county in the next day or two, by the time you are reading this, on Thursday, we WILL be under a burn ban. I think we’ve waited long enough.

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County Judge’s Report

Friday, June 26th, 2015

I want to start out by reminding everyone that we are in the process of testing our tornado sirens throughout the county, so don’t be surprised if you hear them going off when the weather is fine. These tests are necessary to make sure the system is working properly.
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Judge Akin’s Report

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Last week, the majority of my time was again spent helping with road problems caused by the heavy rains. They will take awhile to get fixed, as the rains continued through this past Sunday. We did get a new grader in, and are leasing it. Another new leased grader should arrive next week, which will give us four total. That’s one more than we have now, and it should allow us to get the gravel roads repaired quicker.
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County Judge’s Report

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Let me start off this week by saying that I think we came through the ice storm pretty well, and I feel like a lot of that was due to our being proactive and cutting back limbs along county roads. This eliminated some problems with power lines. We are also taking advantage of the storm, and trying to cut off as many weighted-down limbs as we can get to while they are easy to reach.
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County Judge’s Report

Friday, January 9th, 2015
Things were fairly quiet at the courthouse last week as we wound down 2014 and began 2015. The courthouse was closed on Thursday, but we did have swearing-in ceremonies for all elected officials, followed by a quorum court meeting.
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County Judge’s Report

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

After my regular Monday-morning stop at the road department, I headed on out to inspect some areas where we had reclaimed loose chips from our resurfacing project on East Mt. Zion Road, then transported them to Seventh-Day Camp Road for use there.
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County Judge’s Report

Friday, December 12th, 2014

The towers that will hold the severe weather warning sirens are being erected throughout the county as we speak. We have had a few problems, but are trying to work them all out. The locations for the sirens were determined through use of a computer model, and they are being put in places where they will serve the most citizens.
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County Judge’s Report

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration last week, and I hope everyone else did, too. We all have something to be thankful for.

On Monday, November 17, I began at the road department as usual, getting the lowdown on our projects for the week. I came on in to the office and started work on my proposed budgets for the road department and the one-cent special road tax for 2015. (more…)

County Judge’s Report

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

I started out last week at the road department, making plans with the crew for the things were needed to get accomplished. I spent most of the rest of the day doing chores around the courthouse and preparing for the Veteran’s Day event to be held the following day. (more…)

County Judge’s Report

Monday, November 10th, 2014

I had a relatively slow week, as I am still recuperating from my surgery and still on light duty for the most part. I checked in with the road department, of course, and did a lot of chores in the office. I also helped out with some cleanup projects around the courthouse. We did some more planting in the flower beds on either side of the stairs.

By the middle of the week, I was able to get out and ride some roads. I also attended the Monticello City Council meeting, where the council agreed to pay for the city’s share of the Code Red early warning service. At this time, I will consider not renewing the contract with Code Red unless we get some of the issues worked out. Many people received phone calls alerting them of a recent storm system in the area, but did not get text messages about the storm until the next day. I am researching that to find out if that was due to issues with the cell phone carrier or Code Red, and will be considering that as we go forward.
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County Judge’s Report

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

My report this week will be short, as I was out nearly all of last week for a surgical procedure. I am slowly recovering.

The regular monthly quorum court meeting was postponed a week, and will be held at 7 p.m. this coming Monday, October 27.

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County Judge’s Report

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

I was out of town most of last week attending meetings and conferences. I was here Monday, though, and started out the day at the road department as always. Later, there were several things I had to take care of in the office since I was going to be gone the rest of the week.
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County Judge’s Report

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Road Department Activity
Pipes were delivered to Sullivan, Florence and Connie Veasey roads. Equipment was moved to Montongo and the shop. SB2 was hauled to and spread on Sullivan and Florence roads, and hauled from Pine Bluff to the shop. Florence, Brixie, Mt. Tabor, North 16th Section and Lindsey Lane were graded. Dickson, Sanderlin, Wilmar Loop, Avery, Barkada, Stafford, Drew 133, Cottonwood, Rock Springs and Sullivan roads were patched. Work continued on the state aid project on Florence Road. Sullivan Road was bushhogged and limbs were cut.
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Judge Akin’s Report

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Let me start off this week by reminding everyone that, this Friday, we will be sealing East Mt. Zion Road and a portion of Garnett Road, and we will be moving our equipment to Florence Road.

I’d like to ask everyone traveling in those areas to be mindful of our employees who are out there doing their best for you, and to allow for some extra time if you will be driving through those parts of the county.

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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…)

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