Quorum Court OKs county appropriations

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Juvenile Justice Education Program, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and the Jefferson County Department of Highways will receive funding for various expenses or projects, thanks at the Jefferson County Quorum Court.

The justices of the peace approved the appropriations at a special convened meeting held Monday evening.

Among them was an appropriation of $22,955, which passed unanimously and will come from the county’s general fund, to fund the sheriff’s office for the remainder of this year.

The judges also approved $20,125 for the Department of Juvenile Justice which will help fund the Juvenile Justice Education Fund.

This includes training, education, meals, accommodation and other costs.

After the meeting, Sheriff Lafayette Woods Jr. said the need for additional money was due to an influx of costs associated with operations, supplies, food and other expenses.

He attributed this to the continued rise in gas and food prices.

Woods added that the sheriff’s office is unique in that the facility does not shut down like some operations.

They are open “24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” he said.

The judges also approved $3 million that will help pay for UAPB’s Golden Lion Track and Soccer Complex.

UAPB inaugurated the new facility earlier this year and is completing the project in phases.

“I was proud to be able to do this,” Jefferson County Judge Gerald Robinson said after the meeting.

He also shared that the UAPB has a memorandum of understanding with the county allowing the facilities not only to be used for athletes, but also to be available for emergency response in the event of a pandemic, natural disaster or other emergency.

The UAPB will also develop policies allowing the general public to use the facilities during reasonable hours for health and recreation purposes.

Finally, the judges approved the allocation of funds to the County Roads Department. The towns of Altheimer, Humphrey and Redfield will each receive $700,000 for water and sewer projects.

Members of the Jefferson County Quorum Court hear a presentation from Jefferson County Attorney Terry Wynne. (Special for The Commercial / Kim Jones Sneed)

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