When the Jefferson County Quorum Court meets tonight at 5 p.m., they will reorganize as required by Arkansas law.
According to an emergency ordinance, the justices of the peace must organize within five days after the beginning of the new year, excluding holidays, after they begin their terms in office, which will be Jan. 1.
The proposed ordinance also establishes the second Monday of each month as the date the county’s legislative body will conduct their regular meetings at 5:30 p.m.
New Jefferson County Judge Henry “Hank” Wilkins IV will preside over his first meeting, and there will be five new members of the court.
The proposed ordinance provides that there will be nine standing committees for 2017 and 2018 will be Finance, Health and Welfare, Solid Waste/Recycling, Public Safety/Emergency Services, Judicial, Youth and Recreation, Community Development/Grants, Education and Buildings and Grounds. Wilkins may also create any new committees he sees fit, will appoint the members of the committees, and appoint chairpersons.
Also on the agenda Tuesday is a proposed resolution supporting the wood energy industry in the state and its economic impact, with a specific mention of the new Highland Pellets facility, which represents a $229 million investment that will create 70 direct jobs and up to 1,000 indirect jobs. The project is anticipated to have an $86 million economic impact annually.
The resolution is sponsored by Justice of the Peace Ted Harden.