Committees of the Jefferson County Quorum Court on Tuesday will consider applying for money to improve a county park at Tucker when they meet at 5:30 p.m.
On the agenda is a proposed resolution to allow County Judge Booker Clemons to ask the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism for the money in an amount not specified by the resolution.
As a condition of the applications, the county is agreeing to provide land for the park and to sign a contract guaranteeing that the county will maintain the park and facilities for 25 years.
Also up for consideration is a resolution endorsing Western Foods’ application to participate in the state’s “Tax Back” program that would allow the state to refund sales taxes paid by the company for construction and equipping the plant, which is located in the former U.S. Sugar Company building at 5215 Industrial Drive.
Western Foods announced last year that they would open a facility to manufacture gluten-free snack products.
The county’s legislative body will also consider a proposed ordinance authorizing and confirming an inter-local agreement with the Southeast Arkansas Solid Waste Management District to help pay cleanup costs in the event the county’s recycling and tire shredding facilities have to be closed.
This is an annual agreement between the county and the solid waste district, with the county agreeing to operate the tire shredding facility on Gravel Pit Road and the recycling and E-waste facility located at 1800 W. Harding Ave. The district will provide the Arkansas Department of environmental Control part or all the funds required to keep the facilities operating under state regulations.
The Tuesday agenda also includes a proposed appropriation ordinance to transfer $30,731 from the Circuit Court Juvenile Division Fund to the FINS (Families In Need of Services) and Truancy Fund.
According to the proposed ordinance, $7,950 of the money will be spent for operation of the Teen Court, $4,000 for Juvenile Drug Court, $6,000 for other professional services, $5,000 for fuel, oil and lubricants, and the remainder for generals supplies, drug testing and training and education.