The Jefferson County Quorum Court at 5:30 p.m. on Monday will consider a resolution supporting a proposal by the Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff to buy the now-closed Girl Scout Camp Taloha. The camp is owned by the Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas and was officially closed on Sept. 22, 2016.
The resolution, sponsored by Justice of the Peace Ted Harden, said the Kiwanis Club was instrumental in establishing the camp in 1953 and wants to buy the camp to “continue to provide free residential camping programs for 8 to 14-year-old children throughout Jefferson County and Southeast Arkansas.”
The resolution goes on to say that the Pine Bluff Kiwanis Club “hopes to develop Camp Taloha as a Kiwanis Camp modeled after the extremely successful Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp in Little Rock, which in addition to camping programs, provides the Comprehensive Alternative Classroom Experience program for disadvantaged and at-risk youth and further desires to offer parenting workshops teacher training workshops and an annual Honor Camp program and Counselor-In-Training programs for 14 to 17-year-old's.”
Also according to the resolution, the nearest campground is in Little Rock, and Camp Taloha would attract Girl Scout troops from all of Southeast Arkansas. The Kiwanis Club is proposing that they enter into an option agreement to buy the property for six months in order to allow a sufficient time to arrange financing.
Also on the agenda Monday is a $3,785.08 supplemental appropriation for the Jefferson County Clerk's Office with money received as reimbursements for election costs and various credits. County Clerk Shawnda Taggart is asking that those funds be used for health insurance matching, extra help, general supplies and computer services.
Another agenda item scheduled for consideration is a $38,296.69 supplemental appropriation for the County Judge's Office using funds the county received in a rebate from AT&T. Those funds will be deposited in the Special Projects line item.
Other appropriation ordinances on the agenda include:The transfer of $867.03 from Amendment 79 money in the County Assessor's Office to be used as part-payment for the GIS Mapping computer. A $19,228.05 appropriation to the Jefferson County Road Department using money the county received in payment of an insurance claim for damage to an XL3100 Grandall. The money will be used to repair the machine.